All Roads Lead to The Mighty Mo

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The Missouri River is a lazy river flows slowly through Sioux City, Iowa bisecting into South Sioux City into Nebraska and Sioux City in Iowa. Big Sioux River seperates Sioux City into North Sioux City in South Dakota. Sioux City is a Tri-State and Three River City, A unique city for its name Sioux City always wrongly spelled and pronounced by Americans.And that sucks.

Submitted: November 28, 2013

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Submitted: November 28, 2013



All Roads Lead to the Mighty Mo

Subba Rao


There is a saying that goes like you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.  This was very true when it comes to either pronouncing or spelling out the city name Sioux City in Iowa. Not many people even in the United States can spell Sioux City correctly from its pronunciation Sue City. Many others mispronounce as Sehox City from its correct spelling Sioux City.  Starting from its inception Sioux City had rough beginnings because of its location and from its name. The whole town was once submerged from river floods and then a huge fire burnt the down town. When it comes to its name, the airline city code for Sioux City is SUX pronounced as sucks. The federal aviation authority refuses to change the code SUX for Sioux City despite the repeated requests from the City Council.

When President Jefferson sent an expedition under the leadership of Lewis and Clark to explore the Pacific West, the only member of the expedition sergeant Charles Floyd died on the banks of the Missouri River near what is today the Sioux City. Thus the name Floyd became a legend in the area for no reason at all except for his death not from fighting the Native Americans but from a stomach infection. A monument resembling Washington monument but on a smaller scale was built in honor of Sergeant Floyd is now a popular tourist attraction in Sioux City.

There is nothing significance about Sioux City except for its name that is often misspelled and mispronounced until 1989 when an airliner was crash landed killing 111 people but because of the heroic help from the local volunteers 185 passengers were survived. Since then Sioux City is remembered at national level for the heroes that rescued 185 passengers from a burning plane. The people of Iowa are known to be level headed and fair thus represent the psyche of the core values of  all Americans; no wonder why in electing the president of the country, the first primary elections always takes place in Iowa giving Iowans the chance to give their first impression of the presidential candidates. Every presidential candidate in Iowa primary elections knows that if they fail in Iowa, they won’t get a second chance to make a first impression on the voters around the country.

War Eagle, a member of Native American Sioux tribe apparently helped a French-Canadian businessman to build the first settlement in the area between the Floyd and Big Sioux Rivers on the banks of Missouri River affectionately called Big Mo what would become now Sioux City.

Sioux City would become a Tri-State city after formation of states located between Missouri River on the south, Floyd and the Big Sioux rivers on east and west respectively. Part of Sioux City across the Missouri River is in Nebraska; part of Sioux City across the Big Sioux River is in South Dakota and the biggest in between area is in Iowa.  Now, Sioux City is divided between three rivers and three states and that is unique.

The corn and soybean crops grow fast around Sioux City from fertile soils and good water supply. The transpiration from thousands of miles of crop canopy and the rivers contributes high humidity in summer to turn Sioux City into a hot muggy place in summer.  On the streets of Sioux City, one can see the live hogs and cattle on the trailers heading towards their final destination; the meat processing plants. Drivers are safe on the streets of Sioux City since cattle don’t show road rage like some commuters on big city roads. The cattle and hogs were peace with themselves knowning their final distination, the slaughter house.  The truck drivers take it easy knowing the animals were getting a ride of their life for the last time. In Sioux City nobody can get lost since all the roads lead to the slow moving Mighty Mo heading south to join its longtime buddy fast moving Mississippi River to gain momentum towards Gulf Coast carrying barges loaded with goods.

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