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West Des Moines Turns 125!

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On October 9, 1893, Valley Junction was incorporated with a population of 500. Fast forward 125 years and Valley Junction, which was later named West Des Moines, has grown to 130 times that size. Throughout its 125 year existence, West Des Moines has endured floods, hosted national events, been named one of America’s ‘Best Places to Live’, and maintained its commitment to quality education. The steam engines that brought growth and prosperity to Valley Junction have been replaced by data centers and sprawling town centers that now do the landscape of West Des Moines. Businesses and churches have found a home here. Roads have been rerouted, and interstates have been constructed. City officials have been elected and city departments have been created. Parks have been built, and land has been annexed. All that has been done in the last 125 years has created the success story we call West Des Moines.

Help us celebrate West Des Moines’ quasquicentennial year, or what we are calling WDM125, this spring and summer! We’ve planned many events, activities, and reasons to celebrate. Some of the highlighted events are listed here, but look for an individual mailing that will be arriving in your mailbox soon. The mailing will have more details about ways to celebrate WDM125 as well as spotlight WDM125 sponsoring organizations. WDM125 merchandise can be purchased at the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department in City Hall (4200 Mills Civic Parkway), at the Historic Valley Junction Foundation Office (137 5th Street), or at the West Des Moines Historical Society’s Jordan House (2001 Fuller Road).

Find More Information

Facebook: WDM 125

Email: WDM125@wdm.iowa.gov

Phone: 515-222-3444

WDM125 Events


May 5                   Festival de Cinco de Mayo                                          Valley Junction

May 12                 Mayor’s Bike Ride                                                        WDM City Hall

May 17                 Tom Karpan Relays                                                     Tiger Field @ VHS

May 20                 Discover Decoration Day                                             Jordan House

May 20                 Valley Junction Arts Festival                                        Valley Junction

May 24                 National Public Works Week Celebration                    Valley Junction Farmer’s Market



June 2                   19th Annual Cops N’ Bobbers Fishing Derby            City Hall Pond

June 3                   Mustang Car show                                                    Valley Junction

June 10                 Antique Jamboree                                                     Valley Junction

June 23-24           Great American Campout                                           WDM City Hall Lawn



July 3                    Independence Days Parade*                                        VHS to Valley Junction

July 3                    All Iowa Bash                                                                Valley Junction

July 4                    36th Annual Mud Volleyball Tourney  CANCELLED     Raccoon River Park

July 4                    Holiday Classic Horseshoe Tourney*                            Holiday Park

July 4                    WDM125 Pool Party*                                                     Holiday & Valley View Aquatic Centers

July 4                    WDM Community Band Concert*                                  Raccoon River Park

July 4                    Fireworks Display*                                                         Raccoon River Park

July 10-Aug 2       Discover WDM Parks Ice Cream Socials                       Various WDM Parks

*Details about Independence Day celebrations can be found here.

WDM125 Photos

Updated on 01/22/2018 2:31 PM