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1881 More Flooding

Yankton Flood (page image)

A major Missouri River flood destroyed communities, ranches and farms. Pictured is Yankton, Dakota Territory, in April, 1881.


Riverside neighborhoods in Yankton and Vermillion, in southeast South Dakota, were especially impacted.  Cities and farmers along the river renewed their desire for new projects for flood control, and to facilitate improved steamboat navigation.

Sioux City, Iowa

Missouri River floods Sioux City, Iowa in 1881. Courtesy of Sioux City Public Museum.