The Sergeant Floyd Monument in Floyd's Bluff, Iowa, is a 100-foot high sandstone obelisk honoring Sergeant Charles Floyd, Jr., the only member of the Corps of Discovery to die during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Floyd died on August 20, 1804, after becoming violently ill (likely from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix). He was buried with all of the honors of war on top of a high round hill overlooking the Missouri River. By 1857, erosion along the Missouri River had partially exposed Floyd's grave and local settlers re-interred his remains in a different locations on the bluff. His grave was moved yet again in 1895. In 1901, an Egyptian-style obelisk made of Kettle River sandstone was erected and Floyd's remains were sealed at it's base. Thousands of people attended the dedication held on Memorial Day, May 30, 1901.
Latitude: 42.462843 Longitude: -96.377837 Elevation: 1192 ft
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I am the Geographer for the National Park Service at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, which stretches from Wood River, Illinois to the Mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon.
I'd recommend visiting Bellefontaine Cemetery, which is the final resting place of many historical figures (including William Clark) as well as an arboretum with thousands of trees, shrubs, and plants and an important habitat for urban wildlife.
Travel the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail!
Hours OpenSunrise to Sunset, daily
Time Period Represented1804
Seasons OpenOpen year-round
Sergeant Floyd Monument
2601 S Lewis Blvd
Sioux City, IA 51103 US