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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Polk County, Iowa

Clickable Map of Polk County, Iowa and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Polk County, IA (16) Boone County, IA (3) Dallas County, IA (3) Jasper County, IA (2) Madison County, IA (59) Marion County, IA (5) Story County, IA (4) Warren County, IA (24)  PolkCounty(16) Polk County (16)  BooneCounty(3) Boone County (3)  DallasCounty(3) Dallas County (3)  JasperCounty(2) Jasper County (2)  MadisonCounty(59) Madison County (59)  MarionCounty(5) Marion County (5)  StoryCounty(4) Story County (4)  WarrenCounty(24) Warren County (24)
Des Moines is the county seat for Polk County
Adjacent to Polk County, Iowa
      Boone County (3)  
      Dallas County (3)  
      Jasper County (2)  
      Madison County (59)  
      Marion County (5)  
      Story County (4)  
      Warren County (24)  
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1 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — A Reflection of Hope
A Monument Established By The Citizens Of Iowa To Honor Iowans Who Served During the Vietnam War These Absent Friends Will Never Be ForgottenMap (db m41878) HM
2 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — Birthplace of Des MoinesPolk 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 . . . Map (db m84100) HM
3 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — Combat Wounded Veterans
Military Order of the Purple Heart 1782 1932 Dedicated to all men and women wounded in all our wars My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my Country's way to show they care. If I could be seen by . . . Map (db m42145) WM
4 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of Iowa by direction of The Honorable John W. Snyder Secretary of the Treasury As the inspirational symbol of the United States Savings Bonds Independence Drive from May 16 . . . Map (db m48285) HM
5 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — Dragoon Trail Historical Site Marker No. 7
Here Passed the Dragoon Trail Blazed in 1835 by the First U.S. Dragoons under Colonel Stephen W. KearnyMap (db m139808) HM
6 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — Iowa Revolutionary War Monument
Front Dedicated to soldiers and patriots of the American Revolution who are buried in IowaDecember 28, 1846 Iowa Our liberties we prize our rights we will maintainReverse George Perkins, N. and S. Carolina, Lee County William . . . Map (db m48277) HM
7 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — Iowa Veterans Memorial
To honor those who have served that we may live in freedom.Map (db m48273) WM
8 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — Korean War1950 - 1953
Side 1 Early on the quiet Sunday morning of June 25, 1950 - June 24th in Washington - the North Korean Peoples Army attacked South Korea. They crossed the 38th parallel with 135,000 soldiers and 22 Russian built tanks. This action touched . . . Map (db m48281) HM
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9 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — Paint It Black
The iconic Painted Street tradition has been associated with the Drake Relays since 1975. The event gathers hundreds of students and involves student organizations painting themed squares and ends with a festive paint fight. In the fall of 2018, . . . Map (db m193850) HM
10 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — Replica of the Statue of Liberty
With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States The Boy Scouts of America dedicate this replica of the Statue of Liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty . . . Map (db m72403) HM
11 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — S-36 Submarine Memorial
Front 1 of 52 U.S. Submarines lost during WWII Lost on her 2nd patrol, January 20, 1942 in Makassar Strait, Indonesia. Left Image U.S. Submarine Veterans World War II In memory of all submarines and crews on eternal patrol . . . Map (db m48269) HM
12 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — The First Licensed Ferry
This Boulder Commemorates The first licensed ferry at the junction of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers 1847 The first Pontoon Bridge at Sycamore Street (Now Grand Avenue) 1856 The First Toll Bridge at Court Avenue 1856Map (db m210314) HM
13 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — War Of The Rebellion Monument
(Front side): Iowa's tribute to the courage, patriotism, and distinguished service of all her soldiers and sailors who fought in the war of the rebellion 1861- 1865 (Back side): Designed By Harriet A. Ketcham MT. Pleasant, . . . Map (db m42147) HM
14 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines — William Boyd Allison
United States Senator MDCCCXXIX • MCMVIII for forty-three years A member of Congress from Iowa Oldest in service Wisest in council A friend of allMap (db m48275) HM
15 Iowa, Polk County, Mitchellville — 23 — Historic Des Moines / Noted Des Moines Residents
The fork of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers was recognized as an ideal site a military post as early 1834. Fort Des Moines was established in 1843, but was abandoned in 1846 following the treaty whereby the Sauk and Mesquakie Indians relinquished . . . Map (db m33009) HM
16 Iowa, Polk County, Mitchellville — Universalist Church1868
This church was built by Thomas Mitchell. Thomas Mitchell was born in New Hampshire in 1816. he came to Iowa Territory in 1840, and in 1844 became the first white settler of Polk County. He built cabins and later inns to feed and shelter the . . . Map (db m44833) HM
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Jun. 9, 2023