The Polk County Office Building currently stands at First and Walnut. It was constructed in 1910 as a U.S. Post Office. Prior to the post office, other businesses occupied the same plot of land: The DeMoine House, a fashionable hotel, stood there in 1850 and in 1886, George Conradi’s Tavern (below).
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From: Souvenir of Des Moines, L.H. Nelson Co., 1907.
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