112 11th St. Now the Mulberry Lofts
from Greater Des Moines: Have a Look at Our City, 1928
The Midwestern, vol. 2, 1912
I love old ads, especially ones with photos. I came across this one while browsing The Midwestern. By cross referencing the Sanborn maps with the Polk County Assessor page, I was able to determine this building is no longer here. It is now a parking lot.
The 1910 City Directory lists an EG Christy at this address as “harness.” After that, it is vacant for a few years. I admit, I didn’t dig for hours on this topic (staffing limitations, you know), but I did run through the basics. If it wasn’t for this advertisement in The Midwestern, there wouldn’t be any immediate information to believe this business even existed.
If you know anything, please comment. We would love to hear it.
This is just an example of how much local history is not documented and how you have to dig, just to find a little information.
You may view more of The Midwestern online by clicking on the links found here.
Utica Clothiers, northwest corner of 6th and Walnut, Des Moines, Iowa
from Fort Des Moines: Des Moines, Iowa: Described and Illustrated, 1904. Available from DMPL Special Collections photostream on Flickr.
Owned by Isaac and Abraham Friedlich, according to the 1904 City Directory. Isaac lived at 673 17th Street and Abraham at 1803 Grand Avenue. Neither residence is still standing.
There are a bunch of historic places worth visiting in Des Moines and with the weather cooling off a little, you can actually enjoy being outdoors. To see a little history of Des Moines visit the Historic Places page of our Local History Wiki. There are two historic tour maps, a map and list of places on the National Register of Historic Places, and a number of links to other historic places websites that focus on Des Moines and Polk County (Drake’s Historic Des Moines collection is very nice).
The great thing about this tour is that you can access it on your phone or computer anywhere with an Internet connection.
Historic Tour 2 (images soon to come)
Print version of the Historic Tour.
So go ahead and enjoy a digital tour of historic places in Des Moines.