So, I just got back from some time spent in Des Moines – capital of Iowa and thought I might share some of my experiences and tell you all about Des Moines! It’s a nice city, by the way and what I immediately noticed about Iowa was – there are lots of corn fields – and it is much greener than Texas.
My friend Becky Goldsmith (quilter extraordinaire) had a working gig in Des Moines doing some teaching, a book signing and attending a quilters guild meeting for a few days and she let me tag along with her. When she wasn’t working we shared some sightseeing, and when she was – I did some exploring on my own.
Together we went to the Iowa State Fair on Saturday afternoon – and had a great time.
On Sunday afternoon, whilst Becky was teaching, I explored Des Moines city. I looked around the Capitol building (being a Sunday it wasn’t opened – so just looked from the outside), looked at a few of the other monuments
and drove around exploring downtown and the river area. I was grateful to see and experience another American city.
Monday saw us both touring the Capitol building and then later in the afternoon, I explored the Des Moines Botanical Gardens on my own. See my next post for more on this!
About Des Moines
- Des Moines is the capital city of the state of Iowa in the US.
- It is the county seat of Polk County
- Named after the Des Moines River (which is probably an adaption of the French Riviere des Moines, meaning “River of the Monks”
- The metro area of Des Moines has a population of around 271,000.
- It is known as “the Hawkeye State”
- It became the 29th state of the Union in December 1846.
- Motto: “Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain”
- Bird: the Eastern Goldfinch
- Tree: Oak
- Flower: Wild Rose
- Rock: Geodes
- Some noteworthy products of Iowa: Actors John Wayne, Elijah Wood and Ashton Kutcher, TV host Johnny Carson, musician Glenn Miller, singer Andy Williams, president Herbert Hoover and the American Pickers (Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz).
Anyway – Go and see Iowa and Des Moines if ever you get the chance! 🙂