Des Moines is the inspiring capital of Iowa. It is the most populous city in Iowa. It is located where the Des Moines River and the Racoon River meet.
In 2010, a site was found in downtown Des Moines that archeologists dated back 7,000 years. In more recent history, Des Moines was founded in 1843 when Fort Des Moines was constructed by Captain James Allen for the U.S. War Department. Settlers later occupied the area and it was incorporated in 1851. The name was shortened from Fort Des Moines to Des Moines in 1857. In 1864, the Des Moines Coal Company began systemic mining. The population continued to grow.
Des Moines has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are cold and snowy. Spring and fall are pleasant and colorful fall foliage is abundant.
Financial companies, insurance companies and other major corporations have headquarters in Des Moines. The publishing business has a base in the city as well. Government and education are large employers.
Des Moines’ culture includes art museums, history museums, and performing arts groups. Broadway shows and other live professional theater are hosted in Des Moines. The Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines Playhouse, and Ballet Des Moines are cultural resources. Yearly festivals are held, such as Jazz in July. Wells Fargo Arena hosts concerts and sporting events. There are many important attractions and monuments that draw locals and tourists to the area as well.
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