Historic Map - Des Moines, IA - 1868

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View of Des Moines, Polk County, I.A., 1868 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.

This bird’s-eye view print of Des Moines, Iowa was drawn by Albert Ruger and published by Merchant’s Lithographing Co. in 1868. Iowa’s state capital was moved from Iowa City to Des Moines in 1857. Des Moines is shown here just two years after it was linked to other communities by railroad, which led to much growth.

Des Moines was a large coal center during this era, with productive mines located nearby.

The map from 1868 includes labeled streets, buildings, bridges and railroad routes. There are featured inset illustrations of the following:

  • Public School.
  • State Capitol.
  • U. S. Court House & Post Office.
  • County Court House.

Features numbered references to the following locations:

Public Buildings:

  • Capitol.
  • U. S. Court House.
  • County Court House.
  • Public Schools.
  • Iowa Central College.
  • Adgt. & Quartermaster Gen’l Department.
  • C. R. I. & P. R. R. Depot.
  • D. V. R. R. Depot.
  • Capitol Square.
  • Business College.


  • Baptist Church.
  • Congregational.
  • Disciples.
  • Catholic.
  • Central Presbyterian Church.
  • Old School Presbyterian Church.
  • United Brethren.
  • Evangelical Church.
  • Lutheran Church.
  • 5th Street Methodist.
  • Colored Methodist.
  • Wesley Chapel.
  • Episcopal Church.


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