I really enjoyed my visit to the Sioux City Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The children ( as well as adults) are completely taken with the animatronic figures and interactive exhibits. Upon entering you are given a journal to insert into stamping stations throughout the center that enter information in the book. What a keepsake!
Sgt.Charles Floyd was the only casualty on the Corps of Discovery expedition. It is believed that he died from a ruptured appendix. The Corps buried him on a "handsome spot on the bluff" overlooking the Missouri River near present day Sioux City. Floyd died in 1804 but the Monument wasn't erected until 1901. The obelisk is 100 feet tall and made of Kettle River sandstone. In 1960 it became the first National Historic Landmark registered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Interior.
Entrance to the center is free as are all available materials. The Hard Rock Casino pays for everything because of a deal made with the State of Iowa. Gaming could come to Iowa only if the casinos agreed to give back a certain percentage of earnings to the community. Grants are disperssed a few times a year. No shortage of applications!
Quite disappointing that my photos from inside the center will not download. Have to check out why that is.