December 2010

Des Moines Zoological Gardens

It all began when L.M. Mann bought 100 acres of land and created a destination.  He opened the Des Moines Zoological Gardens on July 4, 1889.  The park  included an elephant, lions, panthers, kangaroos, monkeys, elk, numerous birds, and other animals.  Mann ran the zoo for one year and then sold it to numerous business men who made improvements, including a levy on the south side of the park.