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History of Des Moines, Iowa, USA

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Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Des Moines is French for "of the monks".

From 1942 up until 2009, it was illegal to dance between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m in Des Moines.



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  • 1851 - September 22 - The city of Des Moines, Iowa was incorporated as Fort Des Moines.

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  • 1854 - Fort Des Moines
    Fort Des Moines, a thriving post-village, capital of Polk county, Iowa, is situated at the junction of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers, 120 miles...Read MORE...


  • 1857 - State capital moved to Des Moines from Iowa City

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  • Des Moines, Iowa, USA
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  • 1887 - Suicide
    William M. Locks, a retired banker whose fortunes had become impaired by unfortunate speculation, committed suicide by shooting Thursday morning at...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Des Moines
    Des Moines, a city, the capital of Iowa, and seat of justice of Polk co., is situated on both sides of the Des Moines River (at the mouth of the...Read MORE...


  • 1901 - Des Moines - Iowa's Capital City by Frank I. Herriott
    The beginnings of the city of Des Moines are not shrouded in romance or shadowy tradition. Thrilling episode and epochmaking events do not abound in...Read MORE...


  • July 19, 1905: Morris Nourse earned a Carnegie Medal by saving a drowning boy in Des Moines, Iowa
    The Old Farmer's Almanac
    www.almanac.com

  • News 1906 - ACCIDENT AT DES MOINES. Five Commissioners to General Assembly Injured in Collapse of Platform.
    Des Moines, Iowa, May 18—Five commissioners to the Presbyterian general assembly were bruised and injured late this afternoon by the collapse of a...Read MORE...


  • News 1906 - TWO ASPHYXIATED. YOUNG MEN OF DES MOINES ARE VICTIMS OF GAS.
    Des Moines - FRANK MERRIAM, aged 25, and E. R. CAMPBELL, aged 22, were asphyxiated by illuminating gas in their room at 1435 West Locust Street. The...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - SEVEN KILLED IN WRECK. COAL TRAIN ON CHICAGO AND NORTHWESTERN DITCHED IN IOWA.
    Des Moines, Ia., Feb. 4. - Seven miners were killed to-night, and a dozen were injured in the wreck of a coal train on the Chicago and Northwestern...Read MORE...


  • Des Moines, Iowa, USA
    Walnut Street
    Postcard
  • 1913 - September 22 - Des Moines, IA, experienced their earliest freeze of record.

    The Weather Channel

  • Des Moines, Iowa, USA
    Walnut Street
    Postcard
  • Des Moines, Iowa, USA
    Fourth Street looking South from Locust Street
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Des Moines, a city and port of delivery, the capital of Iowa and of Polk oo., is situated on both sides of the Des Moines River (at the mouth of the...Read MORE...


  • 1924 - April 15 - WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmission

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  • News 1929 - 5 DEAD, SCORES INJURED DURING FIRE IN HOTEL. FIREMEN BELIEVE MORE VICTIMS BURIED IN WRECKAGE OF $250,000 BUILDING. 12 RUSHED TO HOSPITALS. FOUR JUMP FROM FIFTH FLOOR WHEN TRAPPED; CHECK-UP MISSING STARTS.
    Des Moines, Iowa, April 6. - (AP) - At least five persons are dead and scores are suffering from injuries, burns and cuts received in a fire which...Read MORE...


  • News 1929 - PILOT KILLED IN REFUEL TEST. PLANE GOES INTO NOSE DIVE, FLIER IS UNABLE TO RIGHT IT; PAL SAVED.
    Des Moines, Ia., July 19. - (AP) - ROSS ARNOLD, pilot of the endurance monopane, "Greater Des Moines," was killed late yesterday when the plane...Read MORE...


  • 1941 - December 31 - Snow which began on New Year's Eve became a major blizzard on New Year's Day, burying Des Moines, IA, uunder 19.8 inches of snow in 24 hours, an all-time record for that location.

    The Weather Channel

  • 1950 - February 21 - WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting

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Walnut Street
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Walnut Street
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Fourth Street looking South from Locust Street
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  • 1851 - September 22 - The city of Des Moines, Iowa was incorporated as Fort Des Moines.

    historyorb.com
  • 1854 - Fort Des Moines
    Fort Des Moines, a thriving post-village, capital of Polk county, Iowa, is situated at the junction of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers, 120 miles... Read MORE...

  • 1857 - State capital moved to Des Moines from Iowa City

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iatimeln.htm
  • 1887 - Suicide
    William M. Locks, a retired banker whose fortunes had become impaired by unfortunate speculation, committed suicide by shooting Thursday morning at... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Des Moines
    Des Moines, a city, the capital of Iowa, and seat of justice of Polk co., is situated on both sides of the Des Moines River (at the mouth of the... Read MORE...

  • 1901 - Des Moines - Iowa's Capital City by Frank I. Herriott
    The beginnings of the city of Des Moines are not shrouded in romance or shadowy tradition. Thrilling episode and epochmaking events do not abound in... Read MORE...

  • July 19, 1905: Morris Nourse earned a Carnegie Medal by saving a drowning boy in Des Moines, Iowa
    The Old Farmer's Almanac
    www.almanac.com
  • News  1906 - ACCIDENT AT DES MOINES. Five Commissioners to General Assembly Injured in Collapse of Platform.
    Des Moines, Iowa, May 18—Five commissioners to the Presbyterian general assembly were bruised and injured late this afternoon by the collapse of a... Read MORE...

  • News  1906 - TWO ASPHYXIATED. YOUNG MEN OF DES MOINES ARE VICTIMS OF GAS.
    Des Moines - FRANK MERRIAM, aged 25, and E. R. CAMPBELL, aged 22, were asphyxiated by illuminating gas in their room at 1435 West Locust Street. The... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - SEVEN KILLED IN WRECK. COAL TRAIN ON CHICAGO AND NORTHWESTERN DITCHED IN IOWA.
    Des Moines, Ia., Feb. 4. - Seven miners were killed to-night, and a dozen were injured in the wreck of a coal train on the Chicago and Northwestern... Read MORE...

  • 1913 - September 22 - Des Moines, IA, experienced their earliest freeze of record.

    The Weather Channel
  • 1916
    Des Moines, a city and port of delivery, the capital of Iowa and of Polk oo., is situated on both sides of the Des Moines River (at the mouth of the... Read MORE...

  • 1924 - April 15 - WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmission

    historyorb.com
  • News  1929 - 5 DEAD, SCORES INJURED DURING FIRE IN HOTEL. FIREMEN BELIEVE MORE VICTIMS BURIED IN WRECKAGE OF $250,000 BUILDING. 12 RUSHED TO HOSPITALS. FOUR JUMP FROM FIFTH FLOOR WHEN TRAPPED; CHECK-UP MISSING STARTS.
    Des Moines, Iowa, April 6. - (AP) - At least five persons are dead and scores are suffering from injuries, burns and cuts received in a fire which... Read MORE...

  • News  1929 - PILOT KILLED IN REFUEL TEST. PLANE GOES INTO NOSE DIVE, FLIER IS UNABLE TO RIGHT IT; PAL SAVED.
    Des Moines, Ia., July 19. - (AP) - ROSS ARNOLD, pilot of the endurance monopane, "Greater Des Moines," was killed late yesterday when the plane... Read MORE...

  • 1941 - December 31 - Snow which began on New Year's Eve became a major blizzard on New Year's Day, burying Des Moines, IA, uunder 19.8 inches of snow in 24 hours, an all-time record for that location.

    The Weather Channel
  • 1950 - February 21 - WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com

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