Little Gem in Siouxland, Calliope Village

17 Apr

I believe that no matter how long a person lives in an area, there are always those little gems that keep popping up and should be explored. In Siouxland there are many small towns. And it is these which created America, pioneers moving westward to start a new life. But over the 230 plus years this nation has been in existence, some of those small towns that helped create this country have ceased. But other area towns like Hawarden, Iowa, have created memorials to those bygone communities, giving credence to the saying: to know where you are going you must know where you have come from. This small town has a replica of the Calliope Village, a replica village which was the first seat of government in Sioux County, Iowa, incorporated in 1860. And it’s during the Labor Day weekend that the small village comes to life staffed with volunteers to inform visitors about a part of the history of the area. Finding these gems in our backyards is rewarding because it paints a richer picture of the area and its small effort in creating this country, reminding us of where we have been and what we have achieved. I plan to revisit this village come Fall, and enjoy what stories the volunteers have to tell about our past.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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