May 2011

Origins of DSM Street Names, pt. 1

Grand Avenue - Once the grand dame of Des Moines streets, lined with mansions and trees, Grand Avenue was formerly known as Sycamore Street on the east side and Greenwood Avenue west of downtown. In 1887 the entire stretch was renamed Grand Avenue. Ingersoll Avenue - Named for Ebenezer Jared Ingersoll, an Easterner who came to Des Moines and founded the Hawkeye Insurance Company. He also had extensive farm holdings.

Who was here first? And last (so far)?

Dates of incorporation: Fort Des Moines   1851  (became Des Moines in 1857) Carlisle   1870 Polk City   1875 Mitchellville   1875 Altoona   1876 Waukee   1878 Valley Junction   1893  (became West Des Moines in 1938) Grimes   1894 Bondurant   1897 Norwalk   1900 Ankeny   1903 Granger   1905 Urbandale   1917 Cumming   1925 Windsor Heights   1941 Pleasant Hill   1956 Clive   1956 Johnston   1969