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Traveling 19th Century America
In this series, ride along via horse, coach, riverboat, and train, and see
the landscape through a traveler's eyes. In the process, we will gather a better
understanding of their times and their intentions. Taking words from the
traveler’s journals, we will paint a picture of places we know but learn far
more about the differences and the changes that occurred.
The Antelope Steamboat at the
wooding station at the foot of Douglas Street, Sioux City, 1873. Photo
Courtesy of the Sioux City Public Museum.
Horses, Wagons, Stages and Saddle Sores: Sioux City
Hear the stories of what Wagon rides were really like, along
with a trip by horse along the Missouri. Bring your bug spray!
Iowa roads were well known even then: “no one can imagine what a
bad road is until he has traveled in the Western States of
Short Seasons: River Passage via Steamboat (link
Steamboats sound romantic. The reality might be a bit less is
they were working boats that hauled a lot of freight
and a lot of people on a very difficult river. And yet,
they did have a lot of style about them.
And yes, you
might hear a train story or two in these talks!
The first train into
Sioux City, March 9, 1868. Photo Courtesy of the Sioux City Public
Traveling in the 19th
Century - Additional Stories!
Sign on the side of a wagon read: In God we Trusted, in Kansas we Busted.
Hear the stories of these hardy souls that gave up on the Plains - yet had
to walk to Oregon to do so!
Hell-bent for Leather:
Riding with the Pony Express!
The true stories of the Pony Express riders. How the service
came to exist, where they road, and the hair raising stories
The End of the
The Steamboats made Sioux City - yet within a decade, the
leadership role of Sioux City moved upriver as the railroad
reached Yankton, and then Bismarck. Watch how Sioux City
responded! This program will track the steamboats to almost the
end of their run, but the focus will be on the Sioux City area!