July 2011

Highland Park College

The area where Park Fair Mall now stands at Second and Euclid is the site of an interesting piece of Des Moines educational history. Highland Park College, Des Moines University, and the University of Lawsonomy once stood on this spot.

Rock Island Train Wreck over Four Mile Creek

The worst train wreck in central Iowa history occurred on August 29, 1877 at 2:30 AM on the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad. The Pacific express out of Chicago wrecked while crossing Four Mile Creek-east of Des Moines near Altoona-due to heavy rains that undermined the foundation of the bridge. Twenty people were killed and 35 injured as a result of the wreck.