Crops were utterly destroyed, houses and fences swept away." The city started to rebuild from scratch.
On September 22, 1851, Des Moines was incorporated as a city; the charter was approved by voters on October 18.
The historian Virgil Vogel claimed that the name was derived from Moingona, the Algonquian clan name for "Loon", one of the clans of the local Native American people.
Some historians and researchers lacking linguistic or Algonquianist training concluded that Moingona meant "people by the portage" or something similar, a reference to the Des Moines Rapids.
At least three Late Prehistoric villages, dating from about AD 1300 to 1700, stood in or near what developed later as downtown Des Moines.
In addition, 15 to 18 prehistoric American Indian mounds were observed in this area by early settlers.
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Settlers occupied the abandoned fort and nearby areas.
On May 25, 1846, the state legislature designated Fort Des Moines as the seat of Polk County.
The people support two papers and there are several dry goods shops. In May 1851, much of the town was destroyed during the Flood of 1851.
"The Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers rose to an unprecedented height, inundating the entire country east of the Des Moines River.
Based on archeological evidence, the junction of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers has attracted humans for at least 7,000 years.