March 2011

So who was Duane Arnold?

The Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo, Iowa’s only nuclear power plant, has the same type of reactors as those at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan. Our focus here is not with the safety of the plant in Iowa, but rather who the heck was Duane Arnold?

Des Moines Expansion - 1890 map

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).