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About Des Moines
|Satellite view showing Des Moines, capital and the most populous city of Iowa, a landlocked state in the United States. The city is located in the south central part of Iowa, where the Raccoon River feeds into the Des Moines River. Closest larger city in 333 mi (536 km) is Chicago in east.
In 1843 the U.S. Army established the second Fort Des Moines to keep the local natives at bay. The fort was not much later abandoned and settlers occupied the area. In 1849 the first stagecoach arrived at Fort Des Moines and established a link to the cities in east.
In 1851 the settlement was incorporated and six years later the Iowa state capital was relocated from Iowa City to the more central town of Des Moines, inhabitants at that time, about 4,000.
Today Des Moines has a population of about 210,300 inhabitants (in 2015), about 623,000 people live in Des Moines-West Des Moines metropolitan area.
The city's economy is based on financial, insurance, data processing and logistical services, largest employers are Wells Fargo & Co, Mercy Medical Center, UnityPoint Health and Principal Financial Group.
Des Moines main points of interest:
Historic sites: Iowa State Capitol, built between 1871 and 1886, the Renaissance style building houses the Iowa Senate, Iowa House of Representatives, the Office of the Governor, and the Offices of the Attorney General, Auditor, Treasurer, and Secretary of State. Terrace Hill, Iowa Governor's Mansion, the official residence of the Governor of Iowa. Jordan House, historic building in West Des Moines, a former safe house of the 'Underground Railroad', used by 19th-century enslaved people in the United States in efforts to escape to free states and Canada. Polk County Courthouse (Beaux-Arts style county courthouse, built in 1906)
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Convention center: Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (convention and event center).
Hy-Vee Hall (exhibition hall, part of Iowa Events Center)
Churches: Basilica of St. John (Minor Basilica in Romanesque Revival style built between 1913 and 1927).
Visual arts: Des Moines Art Center (art museum established in 1948 with a serious collection of paintings, sculpture, modern art and mixed media)
Performing arts: Civic Center of Greater Des Moines (performing arts center and home to Des Moines Symphony orchestra). Hoyt Sherman Place (historic landmark entertainment venue and theater, home to the Ballet Des Moines company). Des Moines Metro Opera (summer opera festival in Indianola).
Parks: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (botanical garden and city greenhouse). Blank Park Zoo (25-acre zoological park). Living History Farms (500-acre open-air museum for )agricultural history)
Shopping: Merle Hay Mall (oldest regional shopping center in Iowa). Jordan Creek Town Center (shopping mall and lifestyle center).
Theme park: Adventureland (amusement park in Altoona).
Sports: Drake Stadium (track and field stadium, home to the Drake Bulldogs and the annual Drake Relays). Prairie Meadows (horse racing facility and casino). Wells Fargo Arena (multi-purpose arena, Des Moines primary venue for sporting events and concerts). Principal Park (minor league baseball stadium).
Just zoom in to see Iowa State Capitol, seat of the Iowa General Assembly.
The Map shows a city map of Des Moines with expressways, main roads and streets. Des Moines International Airport (IATA code: DSM) is located 6.5 mi (10 km) by road southwest of the central business district of the city.
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Monday-September-26 2016 01:59Standard time zone: Central Standard Time (CST); UTC/GMT -6 hours Central Daylight Time (CDT) in use from the second Sunday in March, ends on the first Sunday in November; time zone offset: UTC/GMT -5 hours
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|Google Maps: Map of the City of Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
City Coordinates: 41°35′27″N 93°37′15″W
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