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Our Genealogy Helper for Des Moines ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 west contained birth and death records; the county to the south 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 located in King County.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of King County: Chelan, Kittitas, Pierce & Snohomish.

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:

  • King County     (The home county of Des Moines)
    • North Hill [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Hill
      • North Hill [King County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Hill
    • Zenith [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zenith
      • Zenith [King County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zenith
    • Normandy Park [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Normandy Park
      • Normandy Park [King County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,566 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Normandy Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Normandy Park<3>
    • Woodmont Beach [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodmont Beach
      • Woodmont Beach [King County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodmont Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodmont Beach
    • SeaTac [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for SeaTac
      • SeaTac [King County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,904 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on SeaTac
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for SeaTac<3>
    • Redondo [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Redondo
      • Redondo [King County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Redondo
    • Star Lake [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Star Lake
      • Star Lake [King County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Star Lake
    • Kent [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kent
      • Kent [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 130,676 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kent
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kent<3>
    • Burien [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burien
      • Burien [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 51,268 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burien
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Burien<3>
    • Riverton Heights [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riverton Heights
      • Riverton Heights [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverton Heights
    • Seahurst [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Seahurst
      • Seahurst [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Seahurst
    • Orillia [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orillia
      • Orillia [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orillia
    • Federal Way [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Federal Way
      • Federal Way [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 96,307 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Federal Way
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Federal Way<3>
  • Island County
  • Jefferson County
  • Kitsap County
    • Olalla [Kitsap County]
    • Southworth [Kitsap County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Southworth
      • Southworth [Kitsap County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Southworth
    • South Colby [Kitsap County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Colby
      • South Colby [Kitsap County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Colby
    • Colby [Kitsap County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colby
      • Colby [Kitsap County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colby
    • Colchester [Kitsap County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colchester
      • Colchester [Kitsap County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colchester
    • Manchester [Kitsap County]
    • South Park Village [Kitsap County]
    • Burley [Kitsap County]
    • Bethel [Kitsap County]
    • Fort Ward [Kitsap County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Ward
      • Fort Ward [Kitsap County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Ward
    • East Port Orchard [Kitsap County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Port Orchard
      • East Port Orchard [Kitsap County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Port Orchard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Port Orchard
    • Parkwood [Kitsap County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parkwood
      • Parkwood [Kitsap County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Parkwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parkwood
    • Retsil [Kitsap County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Retsil
      • Retsil [Kitsap County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Retsil
  • Mason County
  • Pierce County
    • Dash Point [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dash Point
      • Dash Point [Pierce County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dash Point
    • Northeast Tacoma [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Northeast Tacoma
      • Northeast Tacoma [Pierce County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Northeast Tacoma
    • Edgewood [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edgewood
      • Edgewood [Pierce County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 13,410 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edgewood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Edgewood<3>
    • Milton [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milton
      • Milton [Pierce County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,222 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milton<3>
    • Fife [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fife
      • Fife [Pierce County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,458 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fife
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fife<3>
    • Gardenville [Pierce County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gardenville
      • Gardenville [Pierce County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
    • Ruston [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruston
      • Ruston [Pierce County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 848 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ruston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruston
    • Tacoma [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tacoma
      • Tacoma [Pierce County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 219,945 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tacoma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tacoma<3>
    • Firwood [Pierce County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Firwood
      • Firwood [Pierce County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Firwood. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Lake Tapps [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Tapps
      • Lake Tapps [Pierce County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Tapps
    • North Puyallup [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Puyallup
      • North Puyallup [Pierce County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Puyallup have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Puyallup
    • Gig Harbor [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gig Harbor
      • Gig Harbor [Pierce County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,873 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gig Harbor
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gig Harbor<3>
    • Fircrest [Pierce County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fircrest
      • Fircrest [Pierce County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,884 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fircrest
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fircrest<3>
  • Snohomish County
    • Brier [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brier
      • Brier [Snohomish County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,955 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brier
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brier<3>
    • Esperance [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Esperance
      • Esperance [Snohomish County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Esperance have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Esperance
    • Mountlake Terrace [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountlake Terrace
      • Mountlake Terrace [Snohomish County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,315 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountlake Terrace
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountlake Terrace<3>
    • Woodway [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodway
      • Woodway [Snohomish County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,391 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodway have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodway
    • Canyon Park [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canyon Park
      • Canyon Park [Snohomish County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canyon Park
    • Edmonds [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edmonds
      • Edmonds [Snohomish County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 42,515 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edmonds
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Edmonds<3>
    • Lynnwood [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynnwood
      • Lynnwood [Snohomish County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,042 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynnwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lynnwood<3>
    • Alderwood Manor [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alderwood Manor
      • Alderwood Manor [Snohomish County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alderwood Manor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alderwood Manor
    • Maltby [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maltby
      • Maltby [Snohomish County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maltby
    • North Creek [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Creek
      • North Creek [Snohomish County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Creek
    • Echo Lake [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Echo Lake
      • Echo Lake [Snohomish County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Echo Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Echo Lake
    • Mill Creek [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mill Creek
      • Mill Creek [Snohomish County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,802 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mill Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mill Creek<3>
    • Monroe [Snohomish County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monroe
      • Monroe [Snohomish County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,681 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monroe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Monroe<3>
  • Thurston County
    • Puget [Thurston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Puget
      • Puget [Thurston County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Puget
    • Yelm [Thurston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yelm
      • Yelm [Thurston County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,591 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yelm
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Yelm<3>
    • Lacey [Thurston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lacey
      • Lacey [Thurston County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 54,178 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lacey
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lacey<3>
    • Olympia [Thurston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olympia
      • Olympia [Thurston County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,620 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olympia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Olympia<3>
    • East Olympia [Thurston County]
    • Tumwater [Thurston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tumwater
      • Tumwater [Thurston County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 24,272 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tumwater
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tumwater<3>
    • Rainier [Thurston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rainier
      • Rainier [Thurston County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Moines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,350 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rainier
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rainier<3>

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 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 147 newspapers that have been published in the area around Des Moines.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Des Moines, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for 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 helpful 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 Washington

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.

  • St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery
    • St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery has also been known as:
    • St. Patricks Cemetery
    • White River Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery
  • Washington Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Washington Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Washington Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Washington Memorial Park
  • Saar Pioneer Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Saar Pioneer Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Saar Pioneer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saar Pioneer Cemetery
  • Penbrock Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Penbrock Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Penbrock Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Penbrock Cemetery
  • Riverton Crest Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Riverton Crest Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Riverton Crest Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverton Crest Cemetery
  • Highview Recreational Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Highview Recreational Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Highview Recreational Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highview Recreational Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Auburn Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Auburn Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Auburn Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Auburn Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Auburn Cemetery
    • Mountain View Cemetery
    • Suise Creek Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Suise Creek Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Suise Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Suise Creek Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Suise Creek Cemetery
    • Episcopal Church Of The Holy Spirit Memory Garden
    • Mt. Olivet Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Olivet Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Olivet Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Mt. Olivet Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Olivet Cemetery
    • Forest Lawn Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Forest Lawn Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Forest Lawn Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Forest Lawn Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest Lawn Cemetery
    • Gethsemane Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Gethsemane Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Gethsemane Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Gethsemane Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gethsemane Cemetery
    • Georges Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Georges Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Georges Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Georges Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Georges Cemetery
    • White Lake 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 212 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Des Moines had a population of 32,389 people.

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

  • Des Moines [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Des Moines
    • Des Moines [King County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Des Moines
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 212 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,389 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Des Moines had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Des Moines
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Des Moines<3>
  • Maury [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maury
    • Maury [King County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Maury had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maury have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maury
  • Buenna [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buenna
    • Buenna [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Des Moines
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Buenna had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buenna have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buenna
  • Kent [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kent
    • Kent [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 853 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 130,676 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Kent had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kent
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kent<3>
  • O'Brien [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for O'Brien
    • O'Brien [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Des Moines
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, O'Brien had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for O'Brien have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on O'Brien
  • Orillia [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orillia
    • Orillia [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Orillia had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orillia
  • Continue List ...
    • Sunnydale [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunnydale
      • Sunnydale [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sunnydale had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunnydale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunnydale
    • Thomas [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thomas
      • Thomas [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Thomas had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thomas have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thomas
    • Latona [King County] - Historic
      • While Latona was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Latona
      • Latona [King County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Latona had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Latona have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Chautauqua [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chautauqua
      • Chautauqua [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Des Moines
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Chautauqua had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chautauqua have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chautauqua
    • Christopher [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Christopher
      • Christopher [King County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 20 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Christopher had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Christopher have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Christopher
    • Renton [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Renton
      • Renton [King County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Moines
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 406 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 101,494 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Renton had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Renton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Renton<3>
    • Duwamish [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Duwamish
      • Duwamish [King County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Des Moines
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Duwamish had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Duwamish have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Duwamish
    • Vashon [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vashon
      • Vashon [King County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Moines
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Vashon had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vashon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vashon<3>
    • Stuck [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stuck
      • Stuck [King County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Moines
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Stuck had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stuck have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stuck

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.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Des Moines ...

While our initial data about Des Moines came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Des Moines in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Des Moines.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Des Moines:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

Auto Trails Map of Washington (1925)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Mobile Oil Map of Washington (1949)
Published by Mobile Oil Company

We have found Des Moines in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Des Moines for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Des Moines. See our Misc Page for Des Moines for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Des Moines: www.desmoineswa.gov/

The official website for King County: www.metrokc.gov/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.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: 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: 47.4019, Longitude: -122.3246    
<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>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<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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