In 1857, Des Moines only encompassed 8.75 sq/mi. In 1890, Des Moines annexed the following surrounding communities and increased its size to 55.1 sq/mi. This was a significant increase in land and population. The boundaries for various years may be seen on the above map (click once to enlarge, again to zoom in on a section).
Monday, September 12 | 7:00 PM Hoyt Sherman Place Theater | 1501 Woodland Avenue Native Iowan John Shors returns to Des Moines on tour for his fifth novel, Cross Currents, the story of a trio of Americans and a local family on an island in Thailand whose personal dramas play out against the tsunami of 2