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CLOSEST FREEWAYS: I-35 & I-80
APPROXIMATE POPULATION: 191,293
In 1843 the government sent troops to the junction of the Raccoon and Des Moines River to build a fort. Two years later the area was opened to white settler who built up towns named East Des Moines and Fort Des Moines. In 1857 the two Des Moines got together and decided to merge and drop their "first names."
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