Located in the northwestern part of the state of Iowa and the seat of Woodbury County, it is situated on the Missouri River. The area is the former territory and where the Omaha, Sioux, and Oto people settled. In 1848 the area was laid out and was settled by a French-Canadian trader who arrived in the area with his Sioux wives and their father Chief War Eagle, who then aided the European pioneers in the exploration of the area. Even up to the city’s incorporation in 185, the area’s community was renamed in honor of the chief’s tribe. The area eventually became an industry in steamboat trading and became a supply and the land-office office for the northern plains. And with the arrival of the railroad and the establishment of the meat-packing industry, the area’s population increased.
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