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The Streets of Des Moines and a Moment in Time

March 28, 2010

Des Moines, Iowa - 1885 (Image from

The Des Moines Leader says: “The streets of Des Moines are like the road to hell — paved with good intentions.”

Lyons Weekly Mirror – (Lyons, Iowa) Mar 24, 1877


Eight years later, when the above picture was taken, the “good intentions” still seem to be there, ha ha!

A MAN at Des Moines, Iowa, is preparing a box to contain full information concerning the past history and present condition of that city, which will be hermetically sealed and addressed to the Mayor of Des Moines, 1976. Precaution will be taken to preserve it carefully, and insure its delivery.

Crawfordsville Star – (Crawfordsville, Indiana) Feb 8, 1876


Did he mention the streets paved with good intentions?

I wonder if the Mayor opened the time capsule in 1976?

I did find a 1978 article about a book put together by a teacher and students in 1876, but it’s not clear to me  if  it was part of the time capsule mentioned above:

The Free Lance-Star – (Fredericksburg, VA) Feb 23, 1978

You can read the rest of the article at this google news LINK