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The Iowa Honey War

In 1839, a boundary dispute erupted between Iowa and Missouri.  Missouri claimed the boundary was further north and Iowa claimed it was further south.  The original boundary was based on the Sullivan line.  In 1817, J.C.

Tour Historic Des Moines from Home

There are a lot historic places worth visiting in Des Moines, but after lots of snow (who’s counting anymore?) and sub-zero temperatures you might prefer visiting some Des Moines landmarks from the cozy comfort of your home.  All you have to do is visit the

Tracing Your Roots

Interested in genealogy? The Des Moines Public Library has a wide selection of free resources that can help you discover more about your roots!