Visiting the Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center will give you insight into the workings of the Army Corps of Engineers and its role along the waterway. Launched on May 31, 1932, the Sergeant Floyd was named after Sergeant Charles Floyd, an engineer who accompanied Lewis & Clark on their historic journey. On August 20, 1804, Floyd died from what is believed to be a ruptured appendix and is recognized as the first American soldier to die in the then-newly purchased Louisiana Territory. The ship served as a light towing vessel and a survey and inspection platform for the surrounding waterways. With its restored interior, static displays and free admission, the Sergeant Floyd is certainly a fantastic value.