Des Moines is awake after years of slumbering.
Almost totally sunk in the flood of 1993, Des Moines is back to life a decade after. The efforts to renovate and reconstruct made the city better it had been before the flood and Des Moines won fourth place among the "50 Sweetest Cities" spending a lion's share of money on fun and recreational opportunities.
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Along with the world's sweetest cities like Seattle, Boston, Savannah and Cleveland, Des Moines concentrated forces to move on from being a chic destination to big business. The city won the national recognition in publishing with the largest media companies including Better Homes and Gardens magazine and Ladies' Home Journal first published in Des Moines.
In addition, the city won global confidence as a leading insurance center ranked the third largest in the world with more than 60 life, health, and casualty companies housed in the city.
Away from making money, the city's name is a point of lively discussion concerning its origins. Des Moines is regarded as a variation of the French ''La Riviere des Moines'', as well as derived from the Indian analogue of ''moingona'' referring to the burial mounds in the river valley.
The city refers back to 1843 when it was established as a fort at the crossing of the Racoon and Des Moines Rivers. Des Moines used to profit from its setting and yet lies on the interstate location between the I-80 and I-235 Interstates serving as a seat of Polk County today.
The best reflection of the city’s former days is its attractions.
- Capitol Building, very notable attraction with its sparkling 23-karat gold leaf dome
- Salisbury House, built between 1923-1928 and features Tudor, Gothic, and Corolean styles
- Terrace Hill was the home of Iowa's first millionaire, Benjamin Franklin Allen
- Des Moines Art Center has a collection of contemporary art
- Blank Park Zoo with exhibits and various fun activities
Its impressive architecture, riverfront setting and the Court, Grand, Walnut and Locust bridges spinning the shores transformed Des Moines into the unique phenomenon. Even though a large number of tourists regard Des Moines a little dull, it isn’t actually true, this is a city which had its innocence disturbed by Ozzy Osbourne the famous singer and actor.
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