Local History

Des Moines Historic Tour #5

James Savery image James Savery from History of Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa by Johnson Brigham. Vol. 1, p. 49. S.J. Clarke: 1911.


James C. Savery, with his brothers Chester and George, purchased their first hotel in 1853 on the south side of Walnut close to the Western Stagecoach Depot on Third Street.

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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