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Hop on-board the learning train as Matt Anderson, the Sioux City Public Museum’s Curator of History, takes us on a journey through the history of the railroad in Sioux City.

There is no doubt that the expansion of the iron rail was a major driving force in the rise of the United States’ power in the late 19th century. Railroads moved people and the wares of industry across the North American continent. If they had one, they wanted another. As early as 1855, Sioux City promoters attempted to get a rail con- nection, but the first train did not arrive until 1868. By 1893, Sioux City had thirteen railroad companies operating within the city limits. Amazingly, by 1929, Sioux City was the 10th largest railroad center in the United States. Railroads, along with manufacturing, agricul- tural and livestock products, have driven Sioux City’s economy for almost 150 years. Through photographs, Anderson’s presentation will briefly discuss Sioux City’s railroad history and depict the importance of the industry not only to Sioux City but also the entire area.

Adequate time will be given for questions and comments about this important and fascinating subject.

Location: Advanced Sciences Bldg., Room L416/417, Entrance 11
Fee: No charge / Max: 100
Lifelong Learning membership not required
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2218-11 


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