Tour Historic Des Moines from Home

Sketch of Old Central Library

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 Places page of our virtual library's local history section.  There you will find historic tour maps that incorporate images, a map and list of places on the National Register of Historic Places, and a number of links to other historic websites that focus on Des Moines and Polk County (Drake’s Historic Des Moines collection is very nice).

So go ahead and enjoy a digital tour of historic places in Des Moines.  Maybe you’ll find a few places you want to visit in-person when the weather turns.