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Des Moines in Polk County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Birthplace of Des Moines

 
 
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By Juris Bets, April 19, 2011
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Inscription. Polk County, Iowa Fort Des Moines No. 2 Established May 1843 — Evacuated March 1846
This cabin is a memorial to the military outpost, Fort Des Moines No. 2, occupied by Company I, First Regiment U. S. Dragoons and Company F First U. S. Infantry. The Fort was the second of three military installations named Fort Des Moines.

In 1846, the City was established near this site at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers.

In time, all the original Fort buildings disappeared. This circa 1840's log cabin was moved from Washington County, Iowa to this site in 1964 by the Polk County Historical Society.
 
Erected 1964 by Polk County Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 34.916′ N, 93° 37.005′ W. Marker is in Des Moines, Iowa, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of SW 1st Street and West Martin Luther King Pkwy, on the left when traveling north on SW 1st Street. Touch for map. Presently road closed for bridge construction but can be accessed by using SW 2nd Street and driving through parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Des Moines IA 50309, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dragoon Trail Historical Site Marker No. 7 (about 300 feet away, measured

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By Benjamin M. Snyder, May 18, 2015
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in a direct line); The First Licensed Ferry (approx. half a mile away); Iowa Revolutionary War Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); War Of The Rebellion Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Boyd Allison (approx. 0.9 miles away); Iowa Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); S-36 Submarine Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Combat Wounded Veterans (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Des Moines.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Benjamin M. Snyder, May 18, 2015
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By Benjamin M. Snyder, May 18, 2015
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By Juris Bets, April 19, 2011
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2011, by Juris Bets of Des Moines, Iowa. This page has been viewed 751 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on June 3, 2015, by Benjamin M. Snyder of Ankeny, Iowa. Photos:   1. submitted on April 21, 2011, by Juris Bets of Des Moines, Iowa.   2, 3, 4. submitted on May 19, 2015, by Benjamin M. Snyder of Ankeny, Iowa.   5. submitted on April 21, 2011, by Juris Bets of Des Moines, Iowa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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