View looking southwest across the Des Moines River. visible in the image are (from the left) the Walnut Street Bridge and the Locust Street Bridge. Buildings on the west bank of the river include (from left to right): Brown-Hurley Hardware Co., the Post Office, the Public Library, and the Des Moines Coliseum. The Coliseum burned down August 13, 1949. In the background, the Observatory Building is visible. The Post Office later became the Polk County Building. The Polk County Building and the Public Library are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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