This category covers questions about Des Moines, the capital and largest city of the state of Iowa. Incorporated on September 22, 1851, Des Moines was originally named "Fort Des Moines" after the Des Moines River, but was shortened to "Des Moines" in 1857. Des Moines plays an important role in presidential politics as the home of the Iowa caucuses, the first major electoral event in nominating candidates since 1972.
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