What is Sioux Falls’ Nickname, and Where did it Come From?
Does Sioux Falls have an official nickname?
Does Sioux Falls, South Dakota have a nickname? An official nickname, that is. I'm sure we all have our own names for our city, depending on the traffic or the weather.
But, is there a nickname for Sioux Falls like 'The Windy City' for Chicago?
There are actually a few official-ish nicknames for Sioux Falls:
- Sioux Falls: The Queen City
- Sioux Falls: Best Little City in America
- Sioux Falls: Gateway to the Plains
Sioux Falls: Best Little City in America?
What about "Sioux Falls: Gateway to the Plains"?
Supposedly longtime residents call it "Gateway to the Plains", but I've been here since 1981 and I've never heard a single person call it that. Nor could I find any evidence of where the name came from. And if this is true, wouldn't a lot of cities at our latitude, essentially be a "Gateway to the Plains"?
And "Sioux Falls: Queen City"?
According to Dakota News Now, who spoke to Kevin Ganz, the curator of education at the Old Courthouse Museum, businessmen back in the 1880s used the name as propaganda.
"I can't really say why exactly they chose Queen City. "Boston Globe" has entire pages, where it talked about the thriving business that is going on in Sioux Falls.
Entire pamphlets were sent out bragging about Sioux Falls to bring more business and industry to the community.
I think there are also other cities and communities in the country at the same time that are promoting themselves as the Queen City." --Kevin Ganz/Old Courthouse Museum via Dakota News Now
There are many other cities that are using or have used the nickname "The Queen City". So maybe we need to lobby for something more "Sioux Fallsy". What do ya think? Maybe something like "This is Sioux FALLS, not Sioux CITY"?