Sioux City in Woodbury County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Spirit of Siouxland
This sculpture commemorates Siouxland's extraordinary response to the crash of United Flight 232 on July 19,1989.
It depicts the rescue of three-year-old Spencer Bailey by Lt. Col. Dennis Nielsen of the Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Tactical Fighter Group, one of the many who answered the call that day.
The work was created by Artist Dale Lamphere and was inspired by a photograph shot by Sioux City Journal photographer Gary Anderson.
Erected by The Greater Sioux City Press Club.
Location. 42° 29.343′ N, 96° 24.602′ W. Marker is in Sioux City, Iowa, in Woodbury County. Marker is on Larsen Park Road. Touch for map. Marker is located on the riverfront at Larsen Park near the pavilion. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux City IA 51103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. M.V. Sergeant Floyd (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Lewis & Clark Expedition (approx. 0.4 miles away); Prospect Hill (approx. half a mile away); Floyd Monument (approx. 2½ miles away); Sergeant Charles Floyd (approx. 2½ miles The Death of Sergeant Floyd (approx. 2½ miles away); Sergeant Floyd Monument (approx. 2½ miles away); The Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux City.
Also see . . .
1. The Spirit of Siouxland. (Submitted on January 16, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
2. Wikipedia entry for United Airlines Flight 232. “Landing was originally planned on the 9,000-foot (2,700 m) Runway 31. Difficulties in controlling the aircraft made lining up almost impossible. While dumping some of the excess fuel, the plane executed a series of mostly right-hand turns (it was easier to turn the plane in this direction) with the intention of lining up with Runway 31. When they came out they were instead lined up with the shorter (6,888 ft) and closed Runway 22, and had little capacity to maneuver. Fire trucks had been placed on Runway 22, anticipating a landing on nearby Runway 31, so all the vehicles were quickly moved out of the way before the plane touched down.” (Submitted on July 14, 2018.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Disasters •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 104 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week July 15, 2018. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 16, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. 4. submitted on July 14, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.