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Remember : "If you hide it, they will come !" Chautauqua Park is a recreation center on the Sioux City Riverfront. BYOP
What was Chautauqua? Theodore Roosevelt called it "the most American thing in America," Woodrow Wilson described it during World War I as an "integral part of the national defense," and William Jennings Bryan deemed it a "potent human factor in molding the mind of the nation." Conversely, Sinclair Lewis derided it as "nothing but wind and chaff and...the laughter of yokels," William James found it "depressing from its mediocrity," and critic Gregory Mason dismissed it as "infinitely easier than trying to think." However Chautauqua was characterized, it elicited strong reactions and emotions. It struck me what a Chautauqua was on a visit to Iowa State University in Ames when I saw a beautiful painted mural depicting an event with the powerful speaker William Jennings Bryan on a stump before a crowd of listeners. It is entertainment, recreation and conversation that make this part of Americana special.
Chautauqua Park is the site of entertainment and special programs that are now host to four softball diamonds. The park was used by the cities Rivercade celebration. The banks of the Missouri River bound the west edges of the park and it is used by fisherman. There are 2.7 miles along the river devoted to exercise trails.
10312008 Chautauqua Park SCIA 002
Last Updated: on 3/17/2013 6:55:21 PM Pacific Daylight Time (1:55 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum