At its Nov. 26, 2013, meeting, the Des Moines Park and Recreation Board will discuss the City Manager’s recommendation to demolish the 1898 Jackson Street/SW 5th Street Bridge. According to the Historic American Engineering Record Report (1995), the bridge ranks among Iowa’s most significant vehicular spans and is one of Iowa’s few remaining “pinned Pratt through trusses” with three or more spans. The bridge is exceptionally important in its representation of early urban wagon bridge construction, according to the report. The controversies which surround the construction of the bridge also illuminate patterns of development in Des Moines and the nature of bridge contracting at the turn of the century. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. The Park & Rec Board will vote on the issue at its December meeting (TBA).
Read the full 1995 Historic American Engineering Record Report
Read the 1998 National Register of Historic Places Nomination form for the bridge
Read Des Moines Register editorials from 1993 regarding possible demolition of the bridge
REMEMBERING THE NAMESAKES OF DMPS SCHOOLS
The Des Moines Public Schools has posted a Flickr photo essay of the final resting places of the namesakes of several of the district’s schools, both past and present. Each photo includes a brief biographical note about the namesake along with the photo.
There are 30 schools represented in this set of photos. Some schools (i.e. East, North, Oak Park) are not named after people and others (i.e. Lincoln, Roosevelt, Jefferson, etc.) are named after people not buried in Iowa. However, there are several cases (Callanan, Brubaker, Lovejoy, Findley and Moulton being some examples) of schools in which DMPS was not able to find the grave site location for these individuals.
If you have any thoughts or information that might help complete the “set” of those buried in Des Moines, please email Phil Roeder, Des Moines Public Schools Director of Community Relations, email@example.com