Grand Avenue - Once the grand dame of Des Moines streets, lined with mansions and trees, Grand Avenue was formerly known as Sycamore Street on the east side and Greenwood Avenue west of downtown. In 1887 the entire stretch was renamed Grand Avenue. Ingersoll Avenue - Named for Ebenezer Jared Ingersoll, an Easterner who came to Des Moines and founded the Hawkeye Insurance Company. He also had extensive farm holdings.
Ronald (Dutch) Reagan, movie star, governor of California, and president of the United States from 1981-1988, lived in Des Moines for a time in the 1930s, when he worked as a sports announcer for WHO radio. Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois, in 1911, attended high school in Dixon, Illinois, and graduated from Eureka College.
Dates of incorporation: Fort Des Moines 1851 (became Des Moines in 1857) Carlisle 1870 Polk City 1875 Mitchellville 1875 Altoona 1876 Waukee 1878 Valley Junction 1893 (became West Des Moines in 1938) Grimes 1894 Bondurant 1897 Norwalk 1900 Ankeny 1903 Granger 1905 Urbandale 1917 Cumming 1925 Windsor Heights 1941 Pleasant Hill 1956 Clive 1956 Johnston 1969