Des Moines Iowa History
Jester Park Nature Center recently opened its doors on the outskirts of Des Moines, Iowa, but many people would not consider it the place to experience its history. For nearly 10,000 years, settlers from all over the United States and Canada, as well as other parts of the world, attracted. The development of this area was led by the Union Land Company, the largest landowner in the state of Iowa and the first of its kind to be established after purchasing Union land from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USAAF) in 1856.
A year later, a missionary, Father Timothy Mullen, built a parish that included what is now Des Moines. The area now includes the Union Land Company's Jester Park Nature Center and Camp Dodge, which provided access to the Missouri River and its tributaries, as well as Moines, which offer scenic views of the Mississippi River Valley, Iowa River and Iowa State University. This fortress remained open until 2008, when the MEPS des Moines moved to a new location in the former Dodge warehouse. Founded in 1996, the Jewish Historical Society of Iowa (IJHS) is an award-winning organization that collects information about the history of the Jews in the state of Iowa from the early years of its founding to the present day.
MercyOne and its two owners and members own and operate eight medical centers and other services. As a financial and insurance services center, MercyOne is located in the Des Moines metro area along with other large corporations headquartered outside Iowa, including Iowa State University Medical Center and the University of Central Iowa Health Sciences Center.
Des Moines still has a long way to go before anyone will name Des Moines as the next Austin, Texas, but he said he is confident that once the company settles in Des Iowa, it will continue to expand.
For more information about the history of Des Moines and its history as a city in the United States, visit the Department of Commerce's website.
For more information about the history of Des Moines and its history as a city in the United States, visit the Department of Commerce website.
Located in the heart of the corn belt, Des Moines is home to the most populous metropolitan area in Iowa, which includes the state's largest city and its second-largest county. The city is located on the River Moines and the suburbs of the city include Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Cedar Falls, Sioux City and Waterloo, as well as several rural areas.
The Des Moines Bypass passes south and east of the city, and the 35 and 80 pass through the western suburbs of Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Cedar Falls, Sioux City and Waterloo. The Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines and Megabus all run through and around Des Moines, as well as the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Other routes in and out of this city include the Iowa State Line, the University of Iowa Transit System and other commuter rail lines.
In addition, the University of Iowa football team and the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball team will play their home games at Buccaneer Arena in suburban Urbandale.
Iowa Public Radio broadcasts on several stations owned by Iowa State University and operated from St. Paul. Des Moines Area Community College is home to the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Human Services and is a member of the American Association of University Professors and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. There are several radio stations on campus, and there are two radio stations, the Iowa Public Broadcasting Network (IPRN) and the Iowa Radio Network, in Des Moines and one in Urbandale.
In the mid-1960s, the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines opened, followed by the Iowa State University Center for the Arts and the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Human Services. Projects included the new Iowa Science Center, which housed a science and technology museum, a public library, an art gallery and a science museum. A new public school, DesMoines High School of Science and Technology, and Iowa's first public high school were also built.
In October 2011, the Des Moines-based World Food Prize Foundation completed the construction of a 2,000-seat lecture hall at the University of Iowa, worth $1.5 million. The foundation stone for the building was laid in the early 1990s on the site of the Iowa State University Center for Public Health and Human Services.
When Iowa became a state in 1846, Iowa City was its capital, and in the fall, the city began rebuilding. In 1857, central Des Moines was elected the new capital, but later that year it became the capital of Iowa State. The capital moved from Iowa City to Des Angeles, California, and then from Los Angeles to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1861, with the city's first post office.