Local History

Then and now

Kruidenier building

Kruidenier Building - Current The older picture is from a Des Moines Chamber of Commerce publication titled, aptly, Des Moines, from May of 1920. The newer picture of the same building is from the Polk County Assessor's website.

Historic Tour #1 - Des Moines Public Library

Today we will begin the historic tour of Des Moines.  This tour was written several years ago and we currently have a version online found here.  Each post, we will provide an expanded version of this tour with more images and a little more description.  They will by no means be comprehensive, but instead, just little insights into our downtown history.  Let's begin!


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