Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) Newspaper Archives (1872 - 1900)

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The first U.S. citizens to Sioux City, Iowa were Lewis and Clark who sailed the Missouri River and landed in Sioux City in 1804. The city first saw a massive population growth after the first large meatpacking plant was opened in 1873. Once the meatpacking industry was established, settlers came from all over to start farming in this area.

The city became a trading center and a key stop for those migrating West, including Mormons heading to Salt Lake City. Additionally, Sioux City was also known as "Little Chicago" during the Prohibition era of the 1920s to 1933. Find out if your ancestors were involved in any of these defining moments of Sioux City’s history.

Our Sioux City Journal archives include full publications with articles, wedding and engagement announcements, and more from the years 1872 to 1900. In addition, search our database of Sioux City Journal obituaries to learn about the key events that defined your ancestor’s lives. Discover the untold stories of your family members with our Sioux City Journal archives online database. 

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History of The Sioux City Journal

Founded by Samuel Tait Davis in 1864, The Sioux City Journal began as a weekly newspaper that initially served as a platform for the Union Party of the United States. Davis and fellow supporters wanted an outlet to vocalize their opinions about American politics, specifically in regards to the reelection of Abraham Lincoln.

Once the Civil War had ended, The Sioux City Journal began to shift their views to align and support the Republican Party. Throughout the newspaper’s history, owners continued to support the Republican candidacy, which has influenced the content of its publication. 

In 1869, George and Henry Perkins bought The Sioux City Journal, and it remained in the family until 1972. During this time period, The Sioux City Journal purchased their main competitor, The Sioux City Tribune, and both publications were simultaneously operated for over 30 years.

With over 100 years of Sioux City Journal archives, gain a greater understanding of your heritage. Discover the daily lives of your ancestors - their triumphs and challenges. Start with a simple name search and see your family history come to life. 

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