Eagle Ridge History

This property can trace its history back to the original purchase, providing the Eagle Ridge Community a deep sense of pioneering heritage. James S. Easley, a land speculator and entrepreneur, originally purchased the land from the United States government in 1856.


The Louisiana Purchase transferred the land of Iowa from France to the United States in 1803. Up until that point the land had only been seen by Native Americans and few trappers and explorers. After the purchase by the United States, Lewis and Clark led a team of explorers across the land through Sioux City. The state of Iowa was formed in December of 1845, and in the next two decades, nearly all the land was claimed for agricultural use. At that time there were almost the same number of people living in the state that there are currently living in Sioux City (around 82,500). Because of the prime location on the Missouri River, Sioux City became the ideal place to build a city. In the following years, the development of railways, convenience of transporting goods on the river, and the solid agricultural foundation led to strong economic growth.


Woodbury County was originally established in 1851 as Wahkaw County, a Native American word meaning “big medicine”. Two years later, the Iowa Legislature decided to change the name to Woodbury County in honor of Levi Woodbury, a senator and Governor of New Hampshire who served as a Supreme Court Justice from 1844 until his death.


We are proud of our city! With 82,000 residents, Sioux City is a place to call home. Great stories abound from this area of frontiersmen and settlers living and building this community alongside the existing Native American Sioux and Omaha communities. French fur traders were among the first to settle in Sioux City, but it wasn’t until 1854 when Dr. John K. Cook, a surveyor developed streets and Sioux City, Iowa was born.

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Awards & Distinction

Today, nestled between the sky and the rolling hills surrounding the Missouri River, Sioux City has adapted to its time, keeping pace with growth. In 2014, Sioux City was awarded the following honors:

  • Top 30 for Best Places for Business & Careers – Forbes
  • 6th Best Metro Area to Find Full-Time Employment in the Country – Beyond Magazine
  • #7 with Most Job Opportunities per Capita – Beyond Magazine
  • #1 Best Place for Community BankingNerdWallet.com
  • Top 10 Place to Find a Job – Beyond Magazine
  • 10th Best BudgetersWalletHub.com
  • #3 for Top 20 Small Cities: Year-Over-Year Growth – Area Development
  • 12 in Top 20 Midwest Cities – Area Development
  • #9 Among America’s Top 20 Most Financially Responsible Cities – BadCredit.org
  • #1 Most Affordable State in AmericaMovoto
  • 4th Best Place to Live in U.S. – Washington Post
  • #4 State with the Best Quality of Life – Yahoo Finance
  • #4 Best Small Cities for College Grads – Creditdonkey.com

Regional Highlight

Loess Hills

Situated along Iowa’s western border, the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway passes through a unique land formation that is up to 15 miles wide and about 200 miles long from north of Sioux City, Iowa to near St. Joseph, Missouri. The beautiful rolling hills of western Iowa are made of windblown soils called loess; they cover about 640,000 acres of land in Western Iowa and are a recognized landform, and even draw tourists to observe their unique form.