Sioux City Corn Palaces

From 1887 to 1891, Sioux Cityans celebrated the autumn harvest with a festival featuring the construction of a large building in downtown called a Corn Palace covered in corn and other grains. Besides having the distinction of constructing the “World’s First Corn Palace,” the festivals hosted well-known entertainers and even the sitting president of the United States. September 24 will mark the 130th anniversary of the opening of the 1888 Corn Palace in Sioux City. Although the festivals were short lived, they are still remembered because of the excellent print and photographic collections at the Sioux City Public Museum.