Sunday, October 1, 2023

Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center

The M.V. Sergeant Floyd, a light towing, survey and inspection boat, was used on the Missouri River by the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1932 until 1975. In 1983 the City of Sioux City bought the boat and made it into a welcome center and museum honoring Charles Floyd, the only member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition who died during the expedition. Modern doctors believe that Floyd died from a burst appendix which was not treatable at the time. He was buried a few miles downstream at Floyd's Bluff 

The first floor of the boat has a few exhibits and a large selection of tourist brochures. The second floor has exhibits on the history of the transportation on the Missouri River and the growth of Sioux City. The third floor accesses the hurricane deck and the pilothouse.

A problem with the electrical system during our visit meant that we could only access the first floor of the boat. The long ADA ramp at the usual entrance was closed so we used a shorter ramp which is very steep and goes to an entrance door with a short ramp making entering awkward. The long ramp provides easier access and an elevator goes to the second floor. The third floor is not accessible. The exhibits about Sergeant Floyd on the first floor are accessible but the tourist brochures are in a narrow corridor where wheelchairs will not fit.

The parking lot has spaces long enough for any vehicle. We tried to get to the museum by going to Chris Larsen City Park but found the road going west to the museum gated off. I don't know if this is a permanent closure but parking at Chris Larsen Park and walking about a mile along the paved paths to the museum is an option.  Museum  42.49136, -96.41753


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