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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Des Moines, 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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Polk County, IA (36) Boone County, IA (3) Dallas County, IA (9) Jasper County, IA (2) Madison County, IA (59) Marion County, IA (37) Story County, IA (4) Warren County, IA (24)  PolkCounty(36) Polk County (36)  BooneCounty(3) Boone County (3)  DallasCounty(9) Dallas County (9)  JasperCounty(2) Jasper County (2)  MadisonCounty(59) Madison County (59)  MarionCounty(37) Marion County (37)  StoryCounty(4) Story County (4)  WarrenCounty(24) Warren County (24)
Des Moines is the county seat for Polk County
Des Moines is in Polk County
      Polk County (36)  
ADJACENT TO POLK COUNTY
      Boone County (3)  
      Dallas County (9)  
      Jasper County (2)  
      Madison County (59)  
      Marion County (37)  
      Story County (4)  
      Warren County (24)  
 
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1 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Bloomfield/Allen — Owen's Covered Bridge
The Owen's Covered Bridge was built around 1875 to span the North River, a tributary of the Des Moines River. This Howe Truss style bridge originally sat about 2.5 miles northeast of Carlisle where it formed part of a road from Martins Ferry to . . . Map (db m236539) HM
2 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Capitol East — Site of Camp Burnside 1862
A rendezvous for valiant volunteers from Iowa to the Union Army in the Civil War, 1861 – 1865 23rd Inf. — 39th Inf.Map (db m236129) HM
3 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Downtown 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
4 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Downtown 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
5 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Downtown Des Moines — Site of Old Fort Des Moines
Established in 1843 Evacuated in 1846 Erected by Abigail Adams Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Assisted by park commissioners and early settlers of Des Moines Dedicated June 14, 1908Map (db m236114) HM
6 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Downtown Des Moines — The First Public Schoolhouse
This tablet marks the spot where the first public schoolhouse stood Erected 1858Map (db m236012) HM
7 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Downtown Des Moines — 'The Gift' from Rotary To The Children of the WorldJuly 2019
Blank Children's Hospital stands here today because of the generosity of A.H. and Anna Blank. The Blanks were steadfast in their philanthropic mission to build a children's hospital in memory of their son, Raymond Blank. At the time, Iowa had the . . . Map (db m237713) HM
8 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Downtown Des Moines — 53 — The Historic Center Street Neighborhood
People lived and worked here. They shopped and prayed here. They gathered here to celebrate life. Welcome to what was Iowa's most vibrant Black community — the historic Center Street neighborhood, stretching from 15th Street to Keosauqua Way. . . . Map (db m235901) HM
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9 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Drake — 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, East Village — 平和と友情の鐘Bell of Peace and Friendship
平和と友情の鐘 山梨県知事天野久 . . . Map (db m236196) HM
11 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — 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 Forgotten Abler, James L · Abolins, Janis · Abrahamson, Gary L · Adams, Glenn A Adams, Steven H · Adams, . . . Map (db m41878) WM
12 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — Cambodia — Robert D. Ray Asian Garden —
A dark era befell Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge, under the dictator Pol Pot, ruled the country from 1975 to 1979. Pol Pot's genocidal regime led to the deaths of nearly 2 million people out of a population of just 7 million. So many people were . . . Map (db m237953) HM
13 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — 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
14 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — 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 to . . . Map (db m229146) HM
15 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — 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
16 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — Iowa Veterans Memorial
To honor those who have served that we may live in freedom.Map (db m48273) WM
17 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — Japanese Bell of Peace and Friendship平和と友情の鐘
In 1959, the Prefecture of Yamanashi, Japan suffered heavy damage from two typhoons, resulting in significant loss of human life, farm animals, homes and crops. An Iowan, stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Tokyo at that time, wanted to help. . . . Map (db m236175) HM
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18 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — 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
19 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — 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
20 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — Robert D. Ray Asian Garden
The Robert D. Ray Asian Garden not only highlights the importance of diversity in our community and acknowledges the contributions that Asian Americans have made to Iowa, but also serves as a lasting monument honoring Governor Ray's visionary . . . Map (db m237927) HM
21 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — 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
22 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — Shattering Silence
Ralph was a slave from Missouri. In 1834, he bought his freedom from his owner, a man named J. Montgomery, so he could come to Iowa to work in the lead mines near Dubuque. The cost of his independence was to be $550, plus interest. But after five . . . Map (db m236242) HM
23 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — 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
24 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — Votes for WomenMary J. Coggeshall 1836-1911 — Writer, Orator, and Leader —
Mrs. Coggeshall directed and inspired the women's suffrage movement in Iowa. She lobbied here for the vote. Centennial of the 19th AmendmentMap (db m229145) HM
25 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — 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
26 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — 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
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27 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, East Village — Willson Alexander Scott
Sacred to the memory of Willson Alexander Scott who gave to the State of Iowa the greater part of the land where stands the Capitol Born in Crawford County, Indiana November 20, 1818. He acquired some five hundred acres of land . . . Map (db m236130) HM
28 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Greater South Side — The Gray's Lake Story
Through the centuries, the area that is today's Gray's Lake was part of the ever-changing course of the Raccoon River. Left behind after one such change in the Raccoon was an oxbow that would become Gray's Lake Park. Residents of Des Moines in . . . Map (db m236552) HM
29 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Sherman Hill — 55 — Willkie House
A pillar of Des Moines' Black community, the Willkie House legacy dates to 1917 when it hosted the War Recreation Board's leisure programs for Black servicemen in the city. Its name and function changed in the early years, as did its location. . . . Map (db m235895) HM
30 Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines, Union Park — 38 — Ida B. Wise Smith1871-1952
Born in Philadelphia, Ida B. Wise Smith rose to national prominence as a Iowan dedicated to the causes of women's suffrage, prohibition, and children's rights. Mrs. Smith pressed her causes in the political arena, achieving the enactment of a state . . . Map (db m235889) HM
 
 
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