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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

19th centuryEdit

  • 1843 - Fort Des Moines U.S. Army post established.[1]
  • 1846
    • Fort Des Moines becomes seat of Polk County.
    • Subscription schools open "in cabins along Raccoon Row."[2]
  • 1848 - Woodland Cemetery established as Fort Des Moines Cemetery[3]
  • 1849 - Iowa Star newspaper begins publication.[4]
  • 1851
  • 1853 - Benjamin Luce elected mayor.[5]
  • 1854 - Western Stage Company begins operating.[6]
  • 1855 - Brass Band formed.[5]
  • 1856 - Iowa Weekly Citizen newspaper begins publication.[4]
  • 1857
    • Iowa state capital relocated to Des Moines from Iowa City.[1]
    • City chartered.[1]
  • 1858 - Bridge built over Des Moines River at Court Avenue.
  • 1861 - Western Union Telegraph begins operating.[5]
  • 1865 - Hook and Ladder fire company organized.[5]
  • 1866
    • August: Railroad begins operating.[7]
    • Des Moines Library Association organized.[5]
  • 1867
    • April: Flood.[8]
    • State Arsenal built.[5]
  • 1870
    • Polk County Woman's Suffrage Association organized.[5]
    • Capital City Nurseries in business.[9]
  • 1872 - Caledonian Club organized.[5]
  • 1874 - Younker Brothers Department Store in business.
  • 1875 - June: State Republican Convention held.[10]
  • 1878 - Cottage Hospital opens.[7]
  • 1881 - Drake University established.
  • 1883 - Foster Opera House built.[11]
  • 1884 - Capital City commercial college founded.[1]
  • 1885 - Des Moines Women's Club founded.[12]
  • 1886 - Iowa State Capitol built.
  • 1888 - William Lytle Carpenter elected mayor.[13]
  • 1889 - Des Moines Zoological Gardens opens.[14]
  • 1890
    • Highland Park College founded.[1]
    • Population: 50,093.[1]
  • 1893 - Sisters of Mercy from Davenport, Iowa open first hospital in Des Moines. Begin in temporary quarters at Hoyt Sherman Place. First permanent hospital opened at 4th and Ascension Streets, north of downtown, in 1895
  • 1895 - Grand View College[1] and Young Women's Christian Association founded.[15]
  • 1896 - Women's Press Club[16] and Proteus Club[15] founded.
  • 1898 - S.S. Still College of Osteopathy founded.[17]
  • 1900 - Fort Des Moines re-established.[1]

20th centuryEdit

21st centuryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Britannica 1910.
  2. ^ Bicentennial Reflections-History of the Des Moines Public Schools 1846-1976.
  3. ^ "Des Moines Municipal Cemeteries - Cemetery Highlights". City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "US Newspaper Directory". Chronicling America. Washington DC: Library of Congress. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Dixon 1876.
  6. ^ Annals of Iowa, Davenport, Iowa: Iowa State Historical Society, 1873
  7. ^ a b Bushnell 1879.
  8. ^ New York Times, April 18, 1867
  9. ^ Bushnell 1888.
  10. ^ New York Times, July 1, 1875
  11. ^ Public Library 1982.
  12. ^ "Des Moines Women's Club". Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  13. ^ Portrait and biographical album of Polk County, Iowa, Chicago: Lake City Publishing Co., 1890
  14. ^ "Des Moines Local History". Iowa: Des Moines Public Library. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  15. ^ a b c d "University of Iowa Libraries Collection Guides". Iowa City, IA. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  16. ^ "Women's Press Club". The Midwestern. Des Moines. November 1906. OCLC 5998808.
  17. ^ a b "Iowa Heritage Digital Collections". State of Iowa. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  18. ^ Los Angeles Herald, Volume XXXI, Number 182, 29 March 1904
  19. ^ City Council 1908.
  20. ^ Des Moines City and Valley Junction Directory. R.L. Polk & Co. 1910.
  21. ^ "50 U.S. Cities and Their Stories: Des Moines", American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: a Digital Encyclopedia, University of Michigan, retrieved February 28, 2016 (includes timeline)
  22. ^ "Historic Theatre Inventory". Maryland, USA: League of Historic American Theatres. Archived from the original on July 21, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  23. ^ "Des Moines Dim as Strike Closes 2 Light Plants", Milwaukee Sentinel, September 18, 1934
  24. ^ "ITA History". Des Moines: Iowa Taxpayers Association.
  25. ^ a b c d "Greater Des Moines Sister City Commission". Office of the City Manager. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  26. ^ "Iowa Genealogical Society". Des Moines. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  27. ^ "Des Moines Rowing Club". Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  28. ^ "Mayor and Council". City of Des Moines. Archived from the original on January 23, 2003. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  29. ^ "D.M. City Hall debuts presence in cyberspace", Des Moines Register, November 3, 1997 – via Des Moines Public Library
  30. ^ "City of Des Moines". Archived from the original on May 1998 – via Internet Archive, Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ "Mayor and Council Members". City of Des Moines. Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  32. ^ "QuickFacts Des Moines city, Iowa". US Census Bureau.
  33. ^ Federal Writers' Project 1938, p. 547: "Chronology"

BibliographyEdit

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