Beggars' Night in Des Moines »
Newcomers to the Des Moines area are often surprised to find that local children go out trick-or-treating on October 30, not on Halloween night, October 31, as most of the country does. How did this tradition get started?
Sixth Avenue Bridge Collapse, 1965 »
Recent discussions of the country's failing infrastructure might lead some long-time Des Moines residents to remember April 17, 1965, the day the Sixth Avenue bridge over the Des Moines River collapsed.
State Capitol Fire of 1904 »
On January 4, 1904 the Capitol Building caught fire. According to an article in the Des Moines Register and Leader the House Legislative Chamber and adjacent rooms were gutted by the fire.
Tinker v. Des Moines: Student Rights »
In 1965, five students at public schools in Des Moines wore black armbands to school to protest the war in Vietnam. They were subsequently suspended from school...
Wacky Weather »
It's hot, it's cold, it snows, it freezes, and sometimes it floods!