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Old Des Moines

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

Old Des Moines

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When I was a small child Bakers Square was Poppin Fresh Pies

Mcdonald’s Old Menu...1972

Mcdonald’s Old Menu

Kmart store after sunset

battered shoes : Photo

Snowy day, Downtown Des Moines, 1953. View is of 7th Street and Locust looking west. United Federal Savings and a row of Curbliners are on the south side of the block. Foreman & Clark mens store is above Fanny Farmer Candies. Bishop's Cafeteria and DM Register & Tribune [525-000, number of Sunday subscribers] are on the north side of the street.

Glen Oaks Motel, 2700 ML King Drive, 3 blocks south of Euclid, photo taken in 30's or 40's, several of the cabins remain today

Younkers Department Store women's clothing ad, 1954. Photo taken on Rock Island Rocket passenger train

Burger Chef, early 1970's north side of Grand across from Des Moines Tech High School [now Central Campus]

Corner of 7th and Walnut, downtown Des Moines, looking North, 1958. Younkers Department Store is on the left, SS Kresges on the right [ current site of The Kaleidoscope Mall]. Far in the distance [center] is the Bankers Life building.

Polk County Courthouse, probably late 1920's. View is from NW of the building looking to the SE. The Federal Building is to the left of the Courthouse.

Street Repair Crew, Corner of 6th Avenue and Locust looking North, late 1920's to early 30's. Bankers Trust bldg. is behind the traffic light. St. Ambrose Cathedral is distance

Street Car , corner of 3rd and Walnut looking west, 1948. Buildings in background are now Capital Square block.

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

NCR Cash Register, how many of these were in businesses all over town, large and small

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