East Village, Des Moines: A Brief History

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East Village was not always the fashionable destination it is today. When the first settlers arrived in 1843 on the muddy banks of the Des Moines River, it was in direct violation of a treaty with the local natives. The settlement grew so quickly that by 1855, the fledgling city had been selected to be the state capital, and the building was constructed in East Village. The next century saw rivalries with the western half of the city, the birth and battle of one of the city's largest red-light districts and the construction of some of Des Moines' most prized historic treasures. Historian Hope Mitchell investigates the people and events that shaped the culture and landscape of Des Moines' most dynamic neighborhood.
ISBN: 9781467119627
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Iowa
Series: Brief History
Images: 40
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
While studying the history of prostitution in the Midwest and pursuing her MA in history at Iowa State University, Hope Mitchell quickly fell in love with the history of Des Moines. Her thesis, “Sacrificing Our Daughters: Changing Perceptions of Prostitution in Iowa, 1880–1915,” was the 2014 winner of the Iowa History Center's Outstanding Master's Thesis Award. Currently, Hope is the assistant coordinator of the Iowa State University Digital Repository at Parks Library, but she spends her free time tracing the history of Iowa's red-light districts and disreputable women.
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