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Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center celebrate 30th anniversary

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – It’s a piece of history located along the Missouri River in Sioux City.

The M.V. Sergeant Floyd is a dry-docked boat that serves as a place for visitors to get maps, travel information and some Sioux City history.

But it’s also is a piece of history.

According to officials at the Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, the M.V. Sergeant Floyd was built in 1932 for the Missouri River Division of the Corps of Engineers.

Officials say during that time the boat performed light towing, survey, and inspection work for approximately 40 years.

After it was decommissioned, city leaders brought it to Sioux City.

“It was named after Sgt. Floyd, so it fit well with the city. They just thought it would be a very unique center to open up, for the community to come in, and take a look at it,” said Chris Dekker, the Welcome Center Supervisor.

According to Dekker, Sergeant Floyd was the only casualty during the Lewis and Clark expedition, and his final resting place is here in Sioux City.

Inside the vessel is not only history on the boat itself, but history on Sergeant Floyd, Lewis and Clark’s expedition, and other artifacts from Sioux City’s past.

“We try to get more and more locals to come in because unfortunately there are a lot of local people here that haven’t experienced this place,” said Dekker.

According to officials, the center served over 20,000 visitors just last year.

“It’s got a lot of history to the boat, and it’s tied to the city as well, so it’s something that should be celebrated,” said Dekker.

And on Wednesday, the community celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center.

They served cake and refreshments, and on Saturday, they’ll have a presentation on the boat’s history.

The presentation runs from noon – 12:30 p.m. at the center, 1000 Larsen Park Road.

For more information on the center, click here.

Leslie London

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