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Des Moines Local History

Des Moines is derived from the indian word "moingona" which means river of the mounds. This refers to the burial mounds that were located near the banks of the river. Settlers began moving near the fort, and today this site is call The Sec Taylor Stadium.

1857, Fort Des Mooines as it was then known was shortened to Des Moines and later that year the city was marked the capitol of the State of Iowa.

In 1870 the first city hall building was established at the corner of Second and Locust, which is now the site of The Civic Center Apartments.

In 1882 the City Hall Building was demolished and The City Market was established.

To date more than 200 000 people live in Des Moines, and the city is well known as the center for government, education, business, culture, and most of all arts.

Des Moines gained national recognition as one of the major insurance center with nearly 60 life, health, and casualty companies, being known as the third largest in the world.

Des Moines Attractions

Des Moines Activities

Salisbury House - Located at 4025 Tonawanda Drive in Des Moines you will find that its two blocks south of the Grand Avenue and 42nd Street intersection. This is a 42 room mansion modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England, this American Castle is situated on a ten-acre estate of woodlands in the heart of Iowa's capital city. This house was established between 1923 and 1928. In the Salisbury House outstanding architecture can truly found example Tudor, Gothic, and Carolean. This beautiful house contains Authentic 16th century English oak, English flintwork, and rafters which date back to the time when William Shakespeare was alive. Admission fees are as follows: Adults $7,00, Children (ages 6-12) $3,00, Seniors (ages 65 and above)

Des Moines Parks & Gardens

Botanical Center - The best time to come to the Botanical Center is during the spring and summer evenings. June and July is definitely the time to come because you get to see the flowers at its best and the horticulturally the most interesting. Why don't you and your loved one walk along the riverfront promenade where you can see the Ray Oothout Rainbw Garden. You can also see the Des Moines River which flows alongside the riverfront promenade.

The Herb Garden - If you a flora lover why don't you gently rub your hand over the surface of the foliage of scented-leafed geraniums, lavender and rosemary plants to name but a few. This is enough to stimulate you olfactory senses which is very good.

Des Moines Restaurants and Bars

Des Moines Restaurants

The Beastro - Contact number (515) 323-8321 Here you can enjoy entrees with a starting price of $6,00. With your choice of entree dish you get to choose from a wine and beer list. Visitors are served with homemade cuisine which is absolutely divine and will have you begging for more.

The Blank Zoo Guest Service Department - Contact number (515) 323-8346 The customer service is excellent. Wedding receptions, business meeting, picnics and holiday parties can be arranged. Catered events are only on a first come first serve basis. Various mene options are available on request.

Des Moines children's activities

Salisbury House - Located at 4025 Tonawanda Drive in Des Moines you will find that its two blocks south of the Grand Avenue and 42nd Street intersection. This is a 42 room mansion modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England, this American Castle is situated on a ten-acre estate of woodlands in the heart of Iowa's capital city. This house was established between 1923 and 1928. In the Salisbury House outstanding architecture can truly found example Tudor, Gothic, and Carolean. This beautiful house contains Authentic 16th century English oak, English flintwork, and rafters which date back to the time when William Shakespeare was alive. Admission fees are as follows: Adults $7,00, Children (ages 6-12) $3,00, Seniors (ages 65 and above)

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