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Old Des Moines

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


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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

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Kmart store after sunset

battered shoes : Photo

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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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Dahls Supermarket, Beaver Avenue 1948

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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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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