SIOUX CITY | Pink was the dominant color used in describing two businesses that became part of Sioux City and South Sioux City lore in recent decades.
At least their names were somewhat dominated by the color -- or the word -- pink.
The Pink Pussy Cat, a tavern and adult entertainment club, opened in 1973 or 1974 at 901 Fourth Street, in Sioux City. It was owned and operated by Joseph Pirog, according to files at the Sioux City Public Museum.
Prior to this time, the location was home to the Blue Goose tavern and the Idle Hour tavern, bars with histories dating back to the 1960s.
By 1975, the Pink Pussy Cat was under the direction of Arthur Murfield and Pat Pirog. The business, later operated by Delores Eidsness, closed in 1982.
This area of Fourth Street was entirely razed in the mid-1980s to make way for the Sioux City Convention Center, according to Tom Munson, archival clerk at the Sioux City Public Museum.
Pink also came to describe another bar, the Pink Elephant, immediately west of South Sioux City along what is now U.S. Highway 20, near the northwest shore of old Crystal Lake.
The Pink Elephant in 1960 was owned by Paul Gustafson, according to a South Sioux City directory on file at the South Sioux City Public Library.
The Pink Elephant Tavern and Motel was operated by Marvin and Evelyn Hansen. The couple also owned and operated Marv's Tavern.
Evelyn Hansen, of Le Mars, Iowa, was 83 when she died at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars on July 23, 2004. Harold died three days later, on July 26, 2004, after suffering a heart attack on the day of his wife's funeral.
Correction: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect address. This version has been corrected.