Little Sioux Cemetery in Siouxland, Smithland

26 Aug

Of the various places I visit when out driving around in Siouxland, are cemeteries. I like to pay my respects to those who have gone before me, as well as see how old some of the grave markers are within the cemetery. Some small communities in the Siouxland area, like Smithland, as well as the larger ones, have former residents who died in the middle and late 1800’s. Pretty amazing that a century or so have passed since these people possibly walked the ground I am trudging over during my visit.

This particular cemetery had a marble mausoleum that was built in the late 1800’s by a local doctor. Marble by today’s standards is not cheap. But I can not imagine the cost of this purchase then. So I would guess the doctor had a thriving business through which he could afford the memorial site for his family. Many of these small cemeteries are located on the outskirts of their communities, overlooking the area from a hilltop giving an eternal view that the current residents probably had witnessed themselves. Time passes, but some things never change.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

4 Responses to “Little Sioux Cemetery in Siouxland, Smithland”

  1. Nathan Huegel April 30, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    I recently came across a postcard from around 1910 in an antique mall showing the open air mausoleum you had photographed. On the back it stated it cost $10,000.

    • jerrymennenga April 30, 2019 at 12:04 pm #


      I suppose something rare and of value to someone could carry a high price tag. Wondering if it’s still there, or if you’re u had offered $10.00 would they have accepted it.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my blog.

      • Nathan Huegel May 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm #

        I was referring to the $10,000 as the cost of the construction of the monument.

      • jerrymennenga May 6, 2019 at 8:52 am #


        My apologies. I took a photo class I teach at a local community college to that community for an outing and we visited the cemetery. I remarked to them that the doctor who had this built was doing very well in the late 1800’s if he could afford such a marker for his family at that point in time. One of the things I like driving about Siouxland, the little gems of history and facts one can find, which is true of most communities. Take care.


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