Sioux City, Iowa
Exit off of I - 29 to US Highway 75 turn north for approx. 2
miles to park entrance on the west OR use Exit #148 off I -29 onto Nebraska Street and
turn immediately east onto Gordon Drive (Iowa Hwy 12). At the east end of Gordon
Drive viaduct, exit south onto US Highway 75, follow to the monument.
WELCOME TO THE
SERGEANT CHARLES FLOYD MONUMENT
The 100 ' high stone obelisk memorializes Sgt. Charles Floyd.
Nine feet square at the base and six feet square at the top and is capped with aluminum
connected to copper grounding wires to protect it from lightning strikes. There is
an inner concrete core which is four and one-half feet square at the base and three feet
square at the top. The bones of Sergeant Floyd were placed in urns and then placed in the
Construction of the monument began with the pouring of the
concrete foundation on May 29, 1900. Construction was stopped at the 55 foot level
in November of 1900 due to weather. On March 28, 1901, construction was continued
and the capstone was laid on April 22, 1901. The monument was dedicated on May 30,
Design was by the U.S. Army Engineers, Captain James C. Sanford
and Captain Hiram M. Chittenden with Assistant Engineer Bathurst Smith. The
stone is Kettle River sandstone. Total amount of money spent from all sources was
The monument was recognized as the First National Historic Landmark by the
U.S. Department of Interior in 1960.
POINTS OF INTEREST
NEAR SERGEANT CHARLES FLOYD MONUMENT
“Spirit of Discovery" -
Double life-size piece of Meriwether Lewis, William
Clark and Seaman. The 14-foot-tall outdoor bronze
sculpture at the Sioux City
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.
"Lewis and Clark: An American Adventure".
mural exhibit consisting of the most extensive collection of
original, Lewis and Clark canvas paintings to date. Comprised of
38 different mural scenes, this exhibit takes you through the
8,000 mile Expedition from start to finish. Located
at Southern Hills Mall.
- Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Museum