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Reenactors offer a history lesson on the riverfront


About a dozen people camped outside the Sergeant Floyd River Museum & Welcome Center this weekend.

The annual encampment brings life back in the 1800s.

Visitors from as far away as California got the chance to watch blacksmiths at work, explore a Mackinaw-Style Boat, and watch food being cooked over a fire.

The encampment is held every year on the weekend closest to the anniversary of Sergeant Charles Floyd's death.

Sergeant Floyd was the only member of the Lewis and Clark expedition who died on the trip west. He's buried in Sioux City.

Dwight Peters is a reenactor and has been involved with the encampment for 30 years. He said it never gets old.

"There's always something new, and as much as we study and practice this, we learn something new every time," Peters said.

Peters added that the encampment is "keeping alive skills and knowledge that would otherwise be lost."


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