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Our Genealogy Helper for Des Moines ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Des Moines (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Des Moines. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Des Moines is primarily located in Polk County and is the County Seat. A portion of Des Moines extends into Warren County.

To see how the shape of Iowa's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County: Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story & Warren.

Below are the counties that are near Des Moines. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Des Moines:

  • Polk County     (The home county of Des Moines)
    • Country Estate Village (3 miles [4.8 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Country Estate Village
      • Country Estate Village lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Country Estate Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Country Estate Village
    • Marquisville (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marquisville
      • Marquisville lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marquisville
    • Windsor Heights (4 miles [6.4 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Windsor Heights
      • Windsor Heights lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,735 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Windsor Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windsor Heights
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Windsor Heights<3>
    • Saylorville (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saylorville
      • Saylorville lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saylorville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saylorville
    • Pleasant Hill (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant Hill
      • Pleasant Hill lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,025 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pleasant Hill<3>
    • Rising Sun (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rising Sun
      • Rising Sun lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rising Sun have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rising Sun
    • Berwick (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berwick
      • Berwick lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Berwick have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berwick
    • Johnston (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johnston
      • Johnston lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,092 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Johnston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Johnston<3>
    • Ankeny (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ankeny
      • Ankeny lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 70,068 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ankeny have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ankeny
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ankeny<3>
    • Altoona (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Altoona
      • Altoona lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,503 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Altoona have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Altoona
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Altoona<3>
    • Carlisle (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carlisle
      • Carlisle lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,323 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carlisle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carlisle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carlisle<3>
    • Commerce (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Commerce
      • Commerce lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Commerce have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Commerce
  • Boone County
    • Madrid (21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Madrid
      • Madrid lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Boone County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,550 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madrid
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Madrid<3>
    • Luther (27 miles [43.5 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Luther
      • Luther lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Boone County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 133 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Luther have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Luther
    • Berkley (35 miles [56.3 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berkley
      • Berkley lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Boone County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 33 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Berkley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berkley
    • Boone (35 miles [56.3 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boone
      • Boone lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Boone County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,407 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boone<3>
    • Ogden (37 miles [59.5 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ogden
      • Ogden lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Boone County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,985 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ogden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ogden
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ogden<3>
    • Beaver (40 miles [64.4 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaver
      • Beaver lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Boone County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 50 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beaver have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaver
    • Fraser (40 miles [64.4 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fraser
      • Fraser lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Boone County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 103 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fraser have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fraser
  • Clarke County
    • Osceola (39 miles [62.8 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Osceola
      • Osceola lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines and is located in Clarke County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,285 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Osceola
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Osceola<3>
    • Woodburn (40 miles [64.4 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodburn
      • Woodburn lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines and is located in Clarke County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 189 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodburn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodburn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodburn<3>
  • Dallas County
    • Waukee (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waukee
      • Waukee lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,166 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waukee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waukee<3>
    • Booneville (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
    • Granger (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Granger
      • Granger lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,631 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granger
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Granger<3>
    • Van Meter (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Van Meter
      • Van Meter lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,342 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Van Meter
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Van Meter<3>
    • Dallas Center (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dallas Center
      • Dallas Center lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,822 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dallas Center
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dallas Center<3>
    • DeSoto (20 miles [32.2 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for DeSoto
      • DeSoto lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,061 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on DeSoto
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for DeSoto<3>
    • Adel (21 miles [33.8 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Adel
      • Adel lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,607 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Adel have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Adel
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Adel<3>
    • Xenia (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Xenia
      • Xenia lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Xenia
    • Minburn (23 miles [37 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minburn
      • Minburn lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 357 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Minburn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minburn
    • Woodward (23 miles [37 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodward
      • Woodward lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,472 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodward
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodward<3>
    • Bouton (26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bouton
      • Bouton lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 125 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bouton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bouton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bouton<3>
    • Perry (29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Perry
      • Perry lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Dallas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,896 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Perry
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Perry<3>
  • Greene County
    • Rippey (38 miles [61.2 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rippey
      • Rippey lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Greene County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 269 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rippey
  • Guthrie County
    • Stuart (36 miles [57.9 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stuart
      • Stuart lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Guthrie County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,756 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stuart have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stuart
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stuart<3>
    • Jamaica (39 miles [62.8 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jamaica
      • Jamaica lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines and is located in Guthrie County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 218 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jamaica
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jamaica<3>
    • Panora (39 miles [62.8 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Panora
      • Panora lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Guthrie County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,066 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Panora
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Panora<3>
    • Yale (40 miles [64.4 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yale
      • Yale lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Guthrie County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 239 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yale
  • Jasper County
    • Vandalia (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vandalia
      • Vandalia lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vandalia
    • Oswalt (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oswalt
      • Oswalt lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oswalt
    • Valeria (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valeria
      • Valeria lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 58 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valeria have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valeria
    • Colfax (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colfax
      • Colfax lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,050 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colfax
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colfax<3>
    • Prairie City (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prairie City
      • Prairie City lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,721 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Prairie City<3>
    • Mingo (20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mingo
      • Mingo lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 309 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mingo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mingo<3>
    • Green Castle (21 miles [33.8 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Castle
      • Green Castle lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Castle
    • Goddard (23 miles [37 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goddard
      • Goddard lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goddard
    • Clyde (24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clyde
      • Clyde lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clyde have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clyde
    • Ira (24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ira
      • Ira lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ira
    • Metz (25 miles [40.2 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Metz
      • Metz lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Metz
    • Monroe (27 miles [43.5 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monroe
      • Monroe lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Jasper County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,905 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monroe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Monroe<3>
  • Lucas County
    • Lucas (39 miles [62.8 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lucas
      • Lucas lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines and is located in Lucas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 207 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lucas have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lucas
    • Williamson (39 miles [62.8 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Williamson
      • Williamson lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Lucas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 157 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Williamson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williamson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Williamson<3>
  • Madison County
    • Patterson (21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Patterson
      • Patterson lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Madison County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 163 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Patterson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Patterson
    • Saint Charles (23 miles [37 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Charles
      • Saint Charles lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Madison County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 656 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Charles have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Charles
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Charles<3>
    • Winterset (27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winterset
      • Winterset lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Madison County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,428 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winterset
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winterset<3>
    • Earlham (27 miles [43.5 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Earlham
      • Earlham lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Madison County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,409 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Earlham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Earlham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Earlham<3>
    • Truro (29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Truro
      • Truro lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Madison County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 501 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Truro have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Truro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Truro<3>
    • East Peru (30 miles [48.3 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Peru
      • East Peru lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Madison County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 133 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Peru have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Macksburg (39 miles [62.8 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Macksburg
      • Macksburg lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Madison County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 122 people
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  • Marion County
    • Swan (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Swan
      • Swan lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Marion County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 74 people
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    • Pleasantville (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasantville
      • Pleasantville lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Marion County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,714 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasantville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Otley (31 miles [49.9 km] to the east)
    • Knoxville (32 miles [51.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Knoxville
      • Knoxville lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Marion County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,082 people
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    • Melcher-Dallas (32 miles [51.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Melcher-Dallas
      • Melcher-Dallas lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Marion County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,236 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Melcher-Dallas have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Pella (38 miles [61.2 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pella
      • Pella lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Marion County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,266 people
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    • Harvey (40 miles [64.4 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harvey
      • Harvey lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Marion County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 243 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harvey have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Marshall County
    • Rhodes (31 miles [49.9 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rhodes
      • Rhodes lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Marshall County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 298 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rhodes have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Melbourne (35 miles [56.3 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Melbourne
      • Melbourne lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Marshall County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 796 people
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    • State Center (37 miles [59.5 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for State Center
      • State Center lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Marshall County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,432 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for State Center have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Laurel (40 miles [64.4 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laurel
      • Laurel lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Marshall County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 234 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laurel have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Story County
    • Slater (19 miles [30.6 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Slater
      • Slater lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Story County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,471 people
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    • Huxley (20 miles [32.2 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huxley
      • Huxley lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Story County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,270 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Huxley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Cambridge (21 miles [33.8 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cambridge
      • Cambridge lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Story County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 796 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cambridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Midvale (23 miles [37 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Midvale
      • Midvale lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Story County
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    • Maxwell (23 miles [37 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maxwell
      • Maxwell lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Story County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 908 people
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    • Kelley (24 miles [38.6 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kelley
      • Kelley lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Story County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 300 people
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    • Iowa Center (25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Iowa Center
      • Iowa Center lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Story County
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    • Collins (26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Collins
      • Collins lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Story County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 472 people
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    • Shipley (27 miles [43.5 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shipley
      • Shipley lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Story County
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    • Ames (29 miles [46.7 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ames
      • Ames lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Story County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 67,033 people
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    • Nevada (30 miles [48.3 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nevada
      • Nevada lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Story County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,682 people
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    • Ontario (30 miles [48.3 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ontario
      • Ontario lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Story County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ontario have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Union County
    • Lorimor (39 miles [62.8 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lorimor
      • Lorimor lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Union County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 341 people
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  • Warren County
    • Lakewood (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakewood
      • Lakewood lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
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    • Cumming (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cumming
      • Cumming lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 413 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cumming have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Spring Hill (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spring Hill
      • Spring Hill lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 65 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spring Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Hartford (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartford
      • Hartford lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 780 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hartford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Palmyra (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palmyra
      • Palmyra lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
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    • Prole (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prole
      • Prole lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prole have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Churchville (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Churchville
      • Churchville lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Churchville
    • Indianola (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Indianola
      • Indianola lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,072 people
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    • Martensdale (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martensdale
      • Martensdale lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 470 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martensdale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Ackworth (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ackworth
      • Ackworth lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 105 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ackworth have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Bevington (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bevington
      • Bevington lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 69 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bevington have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Sandyville (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandyville
      • Sandyville lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 54 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandyville

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Des Moines, see our County-by-County Page for Des Moines.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Des Moines ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 195 newspapers that have been published in the area around Des Moines.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Des Moines. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Des Moines and those printed in the larger area surrounding Des Moines.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 27 miles [43.5 km] of Des Moines.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Des Moines:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Iowa

Cemeteries Near Des Moines ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Des Moines.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Des Moines covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Woodland Cemetery
  • Oak Grove Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Oak Grove Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Oak Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • St. Ambrose Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Ambrose Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Ambrose Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Emmanuel Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Emmanuel Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Emmanuel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Oak Grove Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Oak Grove Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Oak Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Laurel Hill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Laurel Hill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Laurel Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Sims Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sims Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sims Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Glendale Cemetery
  • Oakwood Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Oakwood Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Oakwood Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Pinehill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pinehill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pinehill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pinehill Cemetery
  • Highland Memory Gardens
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Highland Memory Gardens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Highland Memory Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Sunset Memorial Gardens
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sunset Memorial Gardens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sunset Memorial Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Ft. Des Moines Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ft. Des Moines Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ft. Des Moines Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Elm Grove Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Elm Grove Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Elm Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Harvey Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Des Moines had a population of 50,093 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Des Moines had a population of 212,312 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Des Moines, with the one closest to Des Moines listed first.

  • Des Moines (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Des Moines
    • Des Moines lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 50,093 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 212,312 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Des Moines had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Des Moines
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  • East Des Moines (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Des Moines
    • East Des Moines lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, East Des Moines had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Des Moines have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Des Moines
  • Saylor (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saylor
    • Saylor lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Saylor had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saylor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saylor
  • Valley Junction (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley Junction
    • Valley Junction lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Valley Junction had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valley Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Levey (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Levey
    • Levey lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Levey had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Levey have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Saylorville (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saylorville
    • Saylorville lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 169 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Saylorville had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saylorville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Avon (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Avon
    • Avon lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Avon had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Avon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Hastie (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hastie
    • Hastie lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hastie had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hastie have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Rising Sun (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rising Sun
    • Rising Sun lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 76 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rising Sun had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rising Sun have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Berwick (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berwick
    • Berwick lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Berwick had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Berwick have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berwick
  • Ashawa (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ashawa
    • Ashawa lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 24 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ashawa had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ashawa have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ashawa
  • Oralabor (Polk County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oralabor
    • Oralabor lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Oralabor had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oralabor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Commerce (Polk County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Commerce
      • Commerce lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 158 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Commerce had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Commerce have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Commerce
    • Orillia (Warren County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orillia
      • Orillia lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Warren County
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Orillia had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Orillia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orillia
    • Norwalk (Polk County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norwalk
      • Norwalk lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines and is located in Polk County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,449 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Norwalk had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Norwalk have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Norwalk
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Norwalk<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Des Moines. See our List of 1890's Communities around Des Moines.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Des Moines

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Iowa

About Polk County

About Iowa

The official website for Des Moines: www.dmgov.org/

The official website for Polk County: www.co.polk.ia.us/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Des Moines) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Des Moines. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Des MoinesOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Des Moines. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5957, Longitude: -93.6170    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Des Moines, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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