Historical Reminiscences of the City of Des Moines, 1857

Newly digitized!

Historical Reminiscences of the City of Des Moines, Together with a Full Description of the City and the County, H. B. Turrill, 1857.

Update: Well, it looks like Archive.org is either having problems or changing their format. Here is a link directly to the “Read Online” version of Historical Reminiscences.

Enjoy.

Freshly Digitized – 1887 Map of Grant Park

 

Grant Park Manufacturing District

To view a larger version of the map, click on it and then click on the area you wish to expand.

Oldest home in Des Moines

The Larnerd Case house (also known as Rose Hill) at 3111 Easton Boulevard, is said to be the oldest home in Des Moines.  Different sources cite the original construction date from the early 1840’s to 1850.

 Owners appear to have loved the home, one even after moving across country from it.  A widowed Elizabeth Davis sold the property in 1914 to move west.  When she died, her will instructed that a mirror made out of walnut from the home’s bannisters be returned.  The Borg family accepted the delivery and hung it on their wall.

The Larnerd Case house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 for its architectural and historical significance.

For newspaper citations on Rose Hill, click here.   Articles can be viewed at the downtown Central Library at 1000 Grand Avenue. 

DeNato, Pat.  Tales of D.M.’s Oldest Home.  The Des Moines Tribune, 28 March 1993. 

Shotwell, Walter E.    Attention, restoration buffs:  Oldest D.M. house for sale.  Des Moines Tribune, 22 May 1980.

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Camp Dodge 1917

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Library of Congress citation information:  http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pan.6a31225

I will post images from the library’s collections in the future, I promise!

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Historic Places in Des Moines

There are a bunch of 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 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).

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.

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