Near Waukee in Dallas County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Historic Des Moines / Noted Des Moines Residents
The word “Fort” was dropped from the name of the town in 1857. Des Moines grew to have the largest population of any municipality in the state. It is noted as being the largest insurance center in the Midwest, home of several major publishing companies and the site of the Iowa State Fair, one of the largest agricultural
Several prominent persons have lived in Des Moines. John A. Kasson, U.S. Congressman, Assistant Postmaster General, and distinguished diplomat for many decades, first moved to Des Moines in 1857. Kasson was Minister to Austria-Hungary and also represented the U.S. at international congresses dealing with such topics as postal regulations, the Congo, Somoa, reciprocal tariffs, and boundary disputes.
Mary Jane Coggeshall, a pioneer in the women’s suffrage movement, came to Des Moines in 1865. She served as editor of the Women’s Standard, President of the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association, and in 1895 was elected to the Board of the National Woman Suffrage Association.
Albert B. Cummins, a nationally known Progressive leader, served as Governor for 3 terms, as U.S. Senator for 3 terms and was President of the Senate after Coolidge’s elevation to the Presidency in 1923. Edwin T. Meredith, head of the well known publishing firm, served as Secretary of Agriculture under Woodrow Wilson, was a candidate for Governor and U.S. Senator, and was appointed to numerous federal commissions and boards.
Erected 1977 by Iowa State Historical Department Division of the State Historical Society and by the Iowa Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 24.)
Topics and series. This historical Civil Rights • Communications • Forts and Castles • Settlements & Settlers • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson, the Former U.S. Presidents: #30 Calvin Coolidge, the Iowa - State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Women's Suffrage 🗳️ series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1834.
Location. 41° 34.225′ N, 93° 50.972′ W. Marker is near Waukee, Iowa, in Dallas County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 119, 1.9 miles east of Ute Avenue (County Road R22), on the right when traveling east. The marker is located at Rest Area 21 Eastbound, 1.7 miles east of Exit 117 on Interstate 80. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waukee IA 50263, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Granger Subsistence Homestead ProjectNorth River Schoolhouse (approx. 15.3 miles away); Hogback Covered Bridge (approx. 16.3 miles away).
Also see . . . City of Des Moines Information Center - Historical Information. (Submitted on July 13, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
1. Waukee Rest Area on I-80 Eastbound outside Des Moines and Historic Des Moines marker
I traveled I-80 Eastbound yesterday, March 7, 2021, and the Waukee Rest Area has been closed. I-80 has gone through extensive reconstruction with new development in the area and the rest area was retired by the state of Iowa.
— Submitted March 8, 2021, by Susan Van Den Bosch of Genoa City, Wisconsin.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,072 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 13, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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