The Des Moines Electric Light Company, Power House, 105 Chestnut.
1926 Des Moines City Directory.
If you drove down 6th Avenue a couple of weeks ago while they were prepping to pave, you would've seen the red brick road that is normally hidden. Des Moines has had many different types of surfaces over the years:
- The first surfacing of macadam was applied to Des Moines streets in 1882.
By the late 1950s, airplanes were a fairly common sight over Des Moines, but not quite like this. On January 29, 1957, Roy Soderquist took a Cessna 172 from his flight instructor and spent the next several hours flying low over downtown Des Moines. He managed a crash landing in a field, with little injury to himself and the plane. Charges against him were dismissed.