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A BRIEF HISTORY OF DES MOINES, IOWA IS FARTHER DOWN ON THIS PAGE.

NEWS - Upcoming Events - Projects - Activities

Further information about Events and Projects are on the 'WHAT'S HAPPENING' & 'PROJECTS' pages.
Occasionally events are changed, please check this page for any modifications.  Thank you.  


REMEMBERING 100 YEARS AGO WHEN THE FIRST THREE AMERICANS WERE KILLED DURING WORLD WAR I, INCLUDING PRIVATES
MERLE DAVID HAY OF GLIDDEN, IOWA AND THOMAS P. ENRIGHT OF PITTSBURGH, PA AND CORPORAL JAMES B. GRESHAM OF EVANSVILLE, IN
ON NOVEMBER 3, 1917.  
Only 16 days later, the City Council of Des Moines renamed 58th Street as Merle Hay Road in honor of Pvt. HayNovember 19, 1917 as Camp Dodge was becoming important to the war effort.

*** MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 - about 4:30 p.m.***
The DMHS will present the Des Moines Mayor and City Council a Centennial Certificate to commemorate
the naming of Merle Hay Road.  Check later for the correct meeting time.

THE NEXT GREAT DMHS EVENT -

~~~WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m. -  "Ever Admired. Never Acquired." 
Scott Valbert, Communications Officer for Bankers Trust, will provide the 100 year timeline of Bankers Trust's proud banking history in Des Moines. This is a truly exceptional history in banking. 
DMHS members may enter the Ruan Center at 666 Grand Avenue through the 7th Street or Grand Av. doors. There will be signage directing us to the meeting room.  If you are not a current dues paying DMHS member, you may join online through this website or at the door.  


~~~SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 @ 9:00 - a meeting will be held at the Fort Des Moines III Museum on Army Post Road to discuss the future of this museum and what can be done to keep it open.  


PLEASE JOIN WITH THE DMHS IN THESE IMPORTANT EFFORTS -

~~~ PROJECT 1843 to repair and enhance the Fort Des Moines II/Birthplace of Des Moines Cabin - Further information is on the Events page.  To make a contribution go to the 'Donate' button below.  If donations are made in multiples of $18.43 ($18.43, $36.86, $55.29, etc.) we will know the donation is for PROJECT 1843.  Please send an email if a different amount is given.  THANK YOU!


~~~ GEORGE MATTERN MONUMENT PROJECT- Further information is on the Events page. To make a contribution go to the 'Donate' button below.  If donations are made in multiples of $5.40 ($5.40, $10.80, $16.20, $21.60, $27.00, etc.) we will know the donation is for the George Mattern Monument.  Please send an email if a different amount is given.  THANK YOU!    

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Des Moines History - 

The modern history of Des Moines can be traced to 1834, when John Dougherty, an Indian Agent at Fort Leavenworth, Ks, recommended a military post be established at the point where the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers merge. Nine years later, May 1843, Captain James Allen and a company of dragoons from Fort Sanford (east of the city of Ottumwa) arrived on the site. Captain Allen proposed to name the garrison Fort Raccoon but was directed by the War Department to use the name Fort Des Moines. (and the residents of Des Moines are glad the War Department prevailed) 

The origin of the name 'Des Moines' is not completely clear, but most historians agree the name initially referred to the river. Some people feel 'Des Moines' is derived from the Indian word 'moingona,' the meaning of which is unknown; but it has been applied to natives of the area. In the French language des moines literally translates to "of the monks," so others believe the name applies to the Trappist Monks (Moines de la Trappe) who lived in huts at the mouth of the Des Moines river. Early French voyagers in the 1700's referred to the river on maps as La Riviere des Moines. Another theory is that Des Moines was corrupted from the French de moyen ("middle") because of its location between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.  The consensus seems to be that Des Moines is a variation of the Native American word Moingona, Moingonan, Moingoun, Mohingona, or Moningounas, as shown on early maps.  

http://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2317&context=annals-of-iowa  

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