Please note that THE botanical garden will BE closed FOR staff training ON monday, october 26. Welcome to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden where exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants is our mission.
Originally, Allen was going to name the area Fort Raccoon but was instructed by the War Department to use the name Fort Des Moines. In 1846, the Fort dissolved and the city was officially created.
In 2010, U.S. Census Bureau data estimated the population of Des Moines proper to be at 203,433; the metro area has more than 500,000 residents. Climate edit, climate, jan. Feb, mar, apr, may, jun, jul, aug, sep, oct, nov, dec. Because of Iowa's early caucus date the city is also a hotbed of political dreams and discourse every four years when presidential candidates tour the state and have multiple debates within the city. Winters vary from moderately cold to bitterly cold, with low temperatures venturing below
Plan your visit now. "Des Moines today pronounced "duh moin is located at the junction of the Des Moines River and the Raccoon River. Fort Des Moines was settled in 1843 by a group of dragoons from the Sac and Fox Agency (Fort Sanford) led by Captain James Allen. Des Moines skyline, the meaning of 'Des Moines' itself is not clear as local Native Americans, the Moingona, had already been using a term (which meant 'river of the mounds due to the number of burial mounds which were popular in the area.
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