Old Des Moines
Photos and images of Des Moines, IA from the past 100 years
Des Moines Fire Department, Ford American La France fire truck, early 1960's
4th Street, north of Downtown Des Moines [looking north], early 1950's. Areas in the upper half of the photo are now the Vet's Auditorium, Hy-Vee Hall, Wells Fargo Arena area. St. Mary's Church [steeple visible 2nd & Crocker] on the left was demolished in early 1960's. The apartment building in the right center of the photo survived until Hy-Vee Hall was built in that location.
I-235 Des Moines River bridge under construction - 2nd Ave. on-ramp, 1963. View is looking to the east.
Rock Island Railroad station, West Des Moines in its original location, late 1940's / early 1950's. The building exists today. It has been moved several blocks to the south part of Valley Junction [Railroad Pl. between 4th 5th]. Currently the offices of a Hospice organization.
Des Moines Freeway [I-235] under construction looking west, late 1950's early 1960's. Near the current 6th Avenue exit. Visible in the upper right is one of the surviving neighborhood fire stations. The building still exists today as a private residence. Located SW of DMACC Urban Campus. IN the background is the 9th St. bridge.
Corner of East 14th and East Court Avenue looking west. This area today is not a residential neighborhood, but a campus of state office buildings.
Des Moines, west side Drake Dogtown area, 1939. This photo was part of a safety advertisement on how NOT to flag down a street car. The photo is of the intersection of 24th & University, looking east. The streetcar is advertising a Cary Grant Carole Lombard movie of 1939: "In Name Only"