Exploring Siouxland, Matlock

1 Dec

While driving in the northern part of Siouxland recently, I came upon a small community, Matlock. A small rural community of 88 people. Like a lot of the smaller communities I have visited over the years, this one had its own unique aspect, antiques. In the downtown, on street corners, and along the streets while driving into the community. It seems a couple of brothers and others have placed antique tractors around the community, reminding locals and guests that Matlock had a past. One in which they are proud of, and rightly so. The state of Iowa didn’t become what it did because of major urban centers, but because of the hundreds, maybe thousands of smaller communities which sadly now are on the decline.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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