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Celebrating an Anniversary in Siouxland, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, North Sioux City, SD

4 Sep

Chlldren learn about tin smithing as Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve celebrates its 22nd year as an official state park, beginning its operation in 1997 and located in North Sioux City, South Dakota Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 . (photo by Jerry Mennenga©)

Recently the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in Siouxland celebrated its 22nd anniversary of its inception and growth its achieved as a local state park. It hosted activities and tours through its many buildings that reflect area history of early pioneer days and one family’s legacy which became the park.

A threshing bee demonstration as Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve celebrates its 22nd year as an official state park, beginning its operation in 1997 and located in North Sioux City, South Dakota Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 . (photo by Jerry Mennenga©)

 

Visitors check out various activities like threshing as Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve celebrates its 22nd year as an official state park, beginning its operation in 1997 and located in North Sioux City, South Dakota Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 . (photo by Jerry Mennenga©)

 

Various displays show early 20th century know-how as Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve celebrates its 22nd year as an official state park, beginning its operation in 1997 and located in North Sioux City, South Dakota Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 . (photo by Jerry Mennenga©)

The park is just a nice place to go for a walk either a short one through the historical homestead or a longer one that runs in part along the Missouri River and through a cottonwood forest. The park has made itself a much beloved community member with continuous activities for families and children and hosting events throughout the year. And in three years time the celebration might be a blow out event at 25 years old and still going strong.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Scouts try their hand at baking items inside of cast iron pots as Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve celebrates its 22nd year as an official state park, beginning its operation in 1997 and located in North Sioux City, South Dakota Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 . (photo by Jerry Mennenga©)

 

A homestead cabin at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve which celebrates its 22nd year as an official state park, beginning its operation in 1997 and located in North Sioux City, South Dakota Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 . (photo by Jerry Mennenga©)

 

Making memories as Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve celebrates its 22nd year as an official state park, beginning its operation in 1997 and located in North Sioux City, South Dakota Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 . (photo by Jerry Mennenga©)

 

Visitors head out on a hay rack ride as Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve celebrates its 22nd year as an official state park, beginning its operation in 1997 and located in North Sioux City, South Dakota Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 . (photo by Jerry Mennenga©)

Siouxland’s Nature Conservancy, Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve

19 Jul

This past weekend The Nature Conservancy‘s Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve in Plymouth County, Iowa, celebrated its 20th anniversary. It is the largest grassland prairie site in the state, just south of Westfield. And is home to a breed of buffalo that could easily have roamed the area 200-300 years ago. It was a nice day out in Siouxland checking out the preserve. Fun to see the buffalo herd, listen to people with expertise in various fields talk about prairie habitat and then walk around the area to see for yourself. I have driven by it a number of times and finally had the opportunity to visit. When it becomes a bit cooler this fall, it would be a nice day hiking, minus the current wild flowers that are blooming, but the cooler temps would make it possible to linger longer and soak in the views. More images here.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland Scenics, Plymouth County

15 Jul

So the title of this blog, Lost in Siouxland, is actually a play on words, except when you have a “bad” address or no county road map to help you out. This past weekend I was looking for the Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve which is located in Plymouth County, south of Westfield, Iowa. The address listed on some information forwarded to me was 26764 Highway 12, which would have been okay, except the address actually was in the 24000 block of Highway 12. I drove out north of Sioux City,  but stopped short of finding my destination and drove around some of the county’s back roads I had previously been on when I was previously lost, in Siouxland. But not to lose face, I stopped and made some exposures of a couple of scenes in the county, and then came across a couple of whom I asked directions. They had never heard of the 3300 acre preserve I was talking about, but did know where the buffalo that roam the preserve were at. So I eventually found my destination and attended the 20th anniversary of the preserve’s beginning. In the meantime, while I finish up that project, a couple of the scenics I found while driving lost in Siouxland.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A Siouxland celebration of 125 years, Quimby

1 Jul

Quimby, Iowa, celebrated its 125th anniversary as a community this weekend. No easy feat for a small Midwest community. It seems such places as Quimby, and others like it are fading into history as rural American looks to find jobs and industry to sustain itself into the future. But this weekend belonged to its residents and guests as people got together to watch a parade, attend a carnival and see friends, old and new, coming together as a community, which is what the Midwest and Siouxland is all about. More photographs of Quimby, Iowa, celebrating its birthday.

Jerry Mennenga, Sioux City, Iowa

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