Des Moines Off The Beaten Path

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    Statue of Liberty

    by mafootje Written Aug 11, 2004
    Statue of Liberty in Des Moines

    In the us are many replica's of the Statue... Des Moines has one also it is located right in front of the State Capitol.
    This replica was donated by the Boy Scouts of America in 1950. It was a part of their annual service project.

    The inscription reads:
    With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of their United States.
    THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
    Dedicate this replica of the statue of liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty



    Picture taken June 10, 2004

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    Salisbury House

    by yooperprof Written Jul 6, 2004

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    The Salisbury House dates from the 1920s, but it was constructed to resemble English country homes of the 14th to the 18th centuries. It operated both as a museum and as a conference center, and the gardens are a popular place for weddings.

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    BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

    by babybird Written Jan 25, 2004

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    Grab a camera and head west out I-80 to
    Winterset. Turn south and the signs will point you to the various covered bridges seen in the movie with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. It is relaxing out there and seldom overcrowded.

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    The Des Moines Menace

    by Jimma Written Feb 25, 2003

    Des Moines Menace.

    Our local soccer team competes in the Premier Development League and is currently undefeated. There are special events at many of the games geared specifically toward kids, and the players hang out after the game to sign autographs.

    Contact Information Follows:

    By e-mail: info@menacesoccer.com
    By phone: 515.226.9890
    By fax: 515.226.1595
    By mail: 6400 Westown Parkway
    West Des Moines, IA 50266

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    Chichaqua Bottoms

    by Jimma Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Old Style Bridge

    Chichaqua Bottoms is a natural area about 20 miles north of Des Moines. The Skunk River runs through many acres of woodland with scattered ponds. There's a campground and the DNR sponsors different events like 'Catching Croakers', and the 'Freeskinner's Encampment'. Canoe rentals are also available.

    I couldn't fit the entire websit URL in the box provided, so here it is:

    http://www.traveliowa.com/thingstodo/public_camps/central/bondurant/177/

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    Living History Farms

    by Jimma Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Threshing Day

    Living History Farms is dedicated to preserving our knowledge of the past. You can see authentic reproductions from the 1900's, 1800's, and earlier. Local people dress up and go through their routines, but are more than happy to tell you what they're up to.

    Living History Farms
    2600 111th St.
    Urbandale, IA 50322

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    Salisbury House

    by Jimma Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Great Architectural Detail

    Salisbury House is a little slice of England right in Des Moines. Beautiful architecture with gardens and statues.

    Here is the official blurb:

    ''When visiting the Salisbury House, one is struck by a feeling of displacement, as if walking into the heart of gothic Britain. These impressions are not the result of chance, but of an exacting process of construction involving two architects, hundreds of craftsmen, and a five year time span. A re-creation of a 500 year old house in Salisbury, England, the Salisbury House was built in Des Moines by a nouveau riche cosmetics mogul - an expression of his symbolic and financial power in his homeland. It was built to appear 100 years old on the day of its completion.''

    Now that's one way of being a virtual tourist!

    Salisbury House Foundation
    4025 Tonawanda Drive
    Des Moines, Iowa 50312-2909
    Phone: (515) 274-1777
    Fax: (515) 274-0184

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  • Believe it or not but many...

    by Burgfresh Updated Oct 21, 2002

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    Believe it or not but many people would consider the downtown area of Des Moines off the beaten path because there is little tourism there. However I enjoy Iowa's largest Downtown. Des Moines has a great skywalk system that wanders through most of the buildings and in the system you can find resturaunts, shops and even a few bars. However most people using the system are businesspeople.
    p.s. It can become extremly crowded durring the Highschool wrestling and basketball tournament time, sometime in march I believe.

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    South of Des Moines, in...

    by KnotH3ad Written Aug 25, 2002

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    South of Des Moines, in Madison County, there are several beautifully restored, historic covered bridges. The nearest town is Winterset and maps are available that point out where the bridges are and how to get to them.

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    One thing that most people...

    by SheDragon Written Aug 24, 2002

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    One thing that most people might miss is the Salisbury Faire. One reason it might get missed is because it is only on for one weekend out of the year. For locals, though, it is a definite must-see. The Salisbury Faire is the Des Moines version of a Renaissance Faire or Festival. It held to raise money to benefit the restoration of the Salisbury House. To see some pics of my visit this year, see my travelogue. Vsit their web site at http://www.salisburyhouse.org for more information.

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    Inside the dome for the Des...

    by brdwtchr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Inside the dome for the Des Moines Botanical Garden. There are all kinds of plants and even a few birds and fish.

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    Blank Park Zoo is a nice...

    by brdwtchr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Blank Park Zoo is a nice little zoo. It is closed all Winter so don't plan to visit after October. It is a nice zoo but it is not very big.

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    Statue we saw at the...

    by brdwtchr Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Statue we saw at the fairgrounds in Des Moines. We were there long after the fair was over. I like going to fairs.

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