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Old Des Moines

Photos and images of Des Moines, IA from the past 100 years

Ingersoll Park , a long gone amusement park that was located south of Ingersoll, west of Polk Blvd. This view is looking east and shows the Valley Jct. trolley.

Downtown Des Moines, 8th and Locust, looking East 1965. Des Moines Register and Tribune and Bishops Buffet are on the left [ north side of street]. The old Younkers Parkade [parking ramp] is on the south side.

Des Moines Fire Department building, west Grand and 2nd street, likely 1920's . Civic Center Apartments occupy that block currently

Urbandale Trolley track at 46th and Urbandale Dr. in Beaverdale, 1930s

Dahls Supermarket, Beaver Avenue 1948

Younkers Department Store Warehouse, 800 block Mulberry, 1940's downtown Des Moines

Grateful Dead, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, June 16, 1974

Downtown Des Moines Ruan Building, under construction. Cor-Ten steel exterior panels being affixed to the building

Financial Center, downtown Des Moines, under construction 1972-1973

Derby Gas Station Sign... Pester, it's a gas!

Snow day fun on the Court Ave hill SW of the Sate Capitol. Photo could date from the 1920's to early 1930's.

West side of the Montgomery Ward department store downtown Des Moines, 1960's. Located on the SE corner of 5th and Locust. Capital Square occupies this space today.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium, under construction - 1954. This at the time was partially a residential neighborhood [see house at far right] positioned between downtown Des Moines and Mercy Hospital, years before the construction of I-235

Unknown Parade [perhaps annual State Fair Parade?] on East Walnut Street is what now East Village. Saydel High School marching band shown - 1950's

There were several of these A&W Root beer drive-in's around the Des Moines area. One over by the airport on the south side, and in West Des Moines.

Last year for Rock Island Rocket passenger train service in Des Moines, 1969

Downtown Des Moines, IA, Equitable Building under construction, August 1924

Des Moines Fire Department, Ford American La France fire truck, early 1960's

1.31.13 / 6:30 pm Lecture: The History of the Des Moines Art Center, take the Ingersoll Curliner

Des Moines Art Center

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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.