- Sioux City, IA
- Site Type:
- Infrastructure and Utilities, Flood and Erosion Control
- New Deal Agencies:
- Work Relief Programs, Works Progress Administration (WPA)
The WPA Floyd River Project involved paving the channel of the river as it passed through the stockyards. The stockyards provided thousands of jobs; they were a very strong economic force in Sioux City and the surrounding agricultural industry. The purpose of providing a stable channel through that area was the prevention of river course change and erosion of the land the yards were built on. (The river had a history of doing this.)
The channel is no longer in use since a major Floyd River flood changed the course of the channel yet again.
Source notesSubmitter's note: I grew up in Sioux City and learned of this through various sources, also my wife's father worked on that project. I have no pictures of this and the channel is no longer in use but the Sioux City Journal should have some.
Site originally submitted by Carl Caarlson on August 19, 2014.
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