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Small Town Christmas Celebration in Siouxland, Little Sioux

13 Jan
A lit community Christmas Tree in a city park’s gazebo in Little Sioux, Iowa Monday, Dec. 121, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Christmas has passed. Celebrations are done. But it was nice while driving around during the holiday season to find small communities celebrating the holiday. Most have Christmas ornaments hanging from light posts in the downtown area. But for some small communities, a long tree, decorated, in a central park allows all who visit a moment to enjoy the shared experience by themselves or with others. Until next year.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Finding Bit and Pieces of History in Siouxland, Little Sioux

3 May

A placard next to Murray Hall tells some of the history of Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A former jail cell now sits alongside a placard with some of the history of Little Sioux City, Iowa Tueday, April 9, 2019, sitting next to Murray Hall. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It’s surprising sometimes the little bits and pieces of historical knowledge one can find when visiting places in Siouxland. Little Sioux is a small community in southern Siouxland. But a couple of the buildings sport dates harkening back a couple of centuries, and it’s possible the community was settled in the mid to late 1800’s

A brick house which looks like it could date from the late 1800’s sits empty in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

What looks like a former general store or meeting place now houses a small museum about the area in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Inside of what looks like a former general store or meeting place now houses a small museum about the area in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Except for history buffs and those living in the immediate area, it’s sad to me that so much history is being lost everyday because it really has no currency for most people. And today it seems some folk are trying to “rewrite” history because they didn’t like the outcome in the first place an in a few hundred years, who will really know what the truth is. But those who are interested it’s around us in many shapes and forms and only takes a little looking to find it.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A former barbershop for sale with a building date of 1891 sits looking for a new occupant in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Another former business in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

An abandoned house in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

 

 

Honoring those who gave all in Siouxland, Little Sioux

27 Apr

Flags flapping at the American Legion Post 410 in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

When passing through various small communities in the Siouxland region one can almost always find a memorial to community members who joined the military and paid the ultimate sacrifice during war. I recently came upon American Legion Post 141 in Little Siouxand it had created a tribute to those people from the immediate area who served their country.

The American Legion Post 410 has seen many years of service in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A figurine in the window of the American Legion Post 410 in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I found interesting at this particular memoriam that mention was made of people serving in Grenada and also the Spanish-American and the Mexican war. One doesn’t always find that tribute to soldiers who fought in those campaigns.

Not all war in memoriams contain names of those who fought in the Spanish American War seen in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Names from the community of those who fought in the Mexican War, as well as at Grenada area found in memoriam in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

These salutes to those braves souls find more attention in small towns I believe because there are fewer people there to actually serve as compared to a larger city. And the loss of someone that probably everyone knew while no greater than those from larger towns becomes more impactful in a smaller community. It will also be interesting to see these salutes thrive as the dynamics between the rural and city communities continues with more people leaving smaller ones to find jobs and opportunity in larger ones.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

An in memoriam with names of those who served sits next to the American Legion Post 410 in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

 

Doors in Siouxland, Little Sioux

23 Apr

An inconvenient doorway in Little Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It’s been said, one door closes another one opens. But there have been times as I travel about Siouxland that I find doors I simply do not want to open. Call me cautious, but yellow tape and caution signs can sometimes be appropriate.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Fading Communities in Siouxland, Little Sioux

15 Mar

Driving around the Siouxland area I come across a fair number of small communities and at some point, make the effort to stop and visit. I have driven past an exit for Little Sioux many times as I head to the southern end of Siouxland and always remind myself that I need to stop in and check it out. The community dates from 1885 and is situated near the Missouri River where there is a rather large campground filled with Rv’s. And it doesn’t seem like it has grown much over the 100 plus years of its existence. Like all small communities there is the grain elevator sitting on a main county road.

The RiverSioux grain elevator located in Little Sioux, Iowa Monday March 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The community itself though is kind of rough, and that is sad. There were quite a few homes vacate and in disrepair. Along one street only one mail box remained, and I couldn’t tell if it was in use or not.

An abandoned home in Little Sioux, Iowa Monday March 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Only one mailbox sits atop a rail designed for four or more on a street in Little Sioux, Iowa Monday March 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The exit to Little Sioux heading north showed a gas station closed for what appears to be many years.

A sign for a former gas station at the I-29 exit ramp to Little Sioux, Iowa Monday March 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A former gas station at the I-29 exit ramp to Little Sioux, Iowa Monday March 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Never a good sign for any community. The campground looked to swell with residents over the summer and maybe even fall when the weather is more conducive for that activity.

There are still quite a few homes that appear occupied. And there didn’t really seem to be any type of downtown area.

Some homes like a small one in particular must have looked quaint in its youth.

A small and apparently abandoned home in Little Sioux, Iowa Monday March 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A small and apparently abandoned home in Little Sioux, Iowa Monday March 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

As time passed this community and others by, the youth leave looking for work and life beyond the simple and humble life small towns provide. And as the older folk age and leave themselves for their reward in heaven, a bit of history is left behind without anyone to tell it and fades into a distant past.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

 

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