Founded at the fork of two wilderness rivers, Fort Des Moines (which narrowly escaped being named Fort Raccoon) was a temporary garrison of dragoons to keep the peace between Native Americans and settlers until the area could be organized into a territory. After the soldiers left in 1845, pioneers and squatters moved into the abandoned cabins of the stockade, and the city of Des Moines was born. Its central location between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers made it a natural center of provisioning and commerce for ...

Des Moines: 1845-1920 2006, Arcadia Publishing (SC), Charleston, SC

ISBN-13: 9780738540733

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Des Moines: 1845-1920 2006, Arcadia Publishing Library Editions

ISBN-13: 9781531624460

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