The next stop on our Western Iowa Tour was Sioux City, Iowa.
Our first stop was at Jitters for some of their famous Sunshine Donuts and morning coffee. If you have the chance to get them warm out of the fryer (especially the cinnamon sugar) don't pass it up.
The entire exhibit was inspired by trucks in a multitude of different mediums ... such a fun way to create. We also loved all of the student art they had on display. These water-colored daffodils by Hope Benton were one of my favorites.
When we were done, we took a walk down the street to see the Sioux City Museum. We were both so impressed with how they told the history of the boom and bust and boom and bust of Sioux City over time and the various industries and individuals who shaped the town.
Of course we couldn't pass-up the chance for a picture in the corn palace.
At the recommendation of several people we met on our travels, we continued walking to Rebos for lunch. We decided to share the Appetizer Sampler ... the chips were perfectly thin and crispy, but strong enough to hold-up to the dips.
The next stop was the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (where I apparently failed to take a single photograph). There were fantastic photography exhibits, as well as the story of Lewis & Clark, particularly focused on the one death that occurred during their journey ... and the burial of Sergeant Charles Floyd and the ultimate erection of the Floyd Monument, the first National Historic Landmark designated by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
After a much deserved nap, we headed out to Diamond Thai for supper. While I would classify the restaurant as a bit of a *dive*, the food was quite excellent. I always love perfectly cooked pillowy eggplant.
The next morning, we headed back to Jitters for breakfast and then hit the road heading eastward. We saw a roadside sign for The Fort Museum and decided to take a detour.
The museum is comprised of a *street* of reclaimed and restored vintage buildings and businesses, each filled with period pieces to recreate the scene.
Seeing all of the tools reminded me of my granddad's shop when I was a kid.
I loved that they had saved the counter & post office boxes from a vintage Iowa Post Office.
There were also several beautiful vintage organs, including this one in the one room school house. The school house was purchased by a man who attended the school as a child and donated to the museum.
Next we headed to explore The Fort.
The buildings inside were filled with lots of military memorabilia, as well as history from the area. Due to the content of the soil, there was significant pottery production for personal and commercial use, including lots of ceramic piping.
There was also quite a bit on Indian history including this impressive collection of arrow heads.
If you're ever in the area, it's a fun piece of history. We'll continue heading eastward for more Iowa adventures.