“Historical” sights in Siouxland

19 Apr

Driving on various side roads and backroads in Siouxland in Northwest Iowa one gets to see a slice of history here and there. Recently a couple of different places had old wagons sitting on display, and not in any condition for current use. One might believe these wagons would be what one might see crossing the plains in the late 1800’s or 1900’s when travelers broke down and abandoned their wagon. These “relics” should give viewers pause as to what stories accompanied their use, how hard the life might have been for those farming with these and how far technology has advanced even for farming.

But it’s easy to drive by and see these and not reflect.  However it’s also easy to drive by and see the wagons and nostalgically think about former days and not stop and think how hard those days really were.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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