Devastation in Riverside Communities

A major Missouri River flood destroyed communities, ranches and farms. Pictured is Yankton, Dakota Territory, in April, 1881. Also pictured is the impact of the flood to Sioux City, Iowa in 1881. Courtesy of Sioux City Public Museum.

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.

Yankton Flood
Sioux City Flood