Browse Items (214 total) for Des Moines University Historic Photograph Collection

Image of the construction of Fort Des Moines, year unknown. At the end of the 19th Century it was decided that Fort Des Moines should be moved from the junction of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers to the intersection of Midwestern railroads. In…

Image of the construction of Fort Des Moines, year unknown. At the end of the 19th Century it was decided that Fort Des Moines should be moved from the junction of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers to the intersection of Midwestern railroads. In…

The cornerstone of the Capitol Building was laid on November 23, 1871. The building was completed in 1886. Unfortunately, there was no money left in the budget to finish the decorative painting of the interior of the building. In 1904 a fire broke…

The cornerstone of the Capitol Building was laid on November 23, 1871. The building was completed in 1886. Unfortunately, there was no money left in the budget to finish the decorative painting of the interior of the building. In 1904 a fire broke…

Unknown view of the Raccoon River.

Unknown view of the Raccoon River.

Unknown view along the Raccoon River.

Views of various churches, parks, intersections and buildings throughout Des Moines.

Various views of Drake University as it appeared in 1904. Prominent in many of the images is Old Main, built in 1883. The Medical Building was built in 1904. It was located downtown, on Center Street, on land that is now used by Hy-Vee Hall. Science…

The Victoria Hotel was built in 1899 at the cost of $50,000. It was built on the residence of Dr. Francis Grimmel, a physician and community leader. An addition was added in 1910 at the cost of $90,000, despite the fact that some critics charged the…