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Opal Finnel and Rilda Martin Moses on Old Growth Log

Des Moines History Time Line
1700-1849 | 1900 | 1910 | 1920 | 1930 | 1940 | 1950 | 1960 | 1970 | 1980 | 1990 | 2000
1950's
1953
  • June 8 - Normandy Park incorporated as first city in the Highline area. Named after the Normandy architecture which had been proposed for homes in the development.
1954
  • First section of Wesley Gardens, a retirement home, completed (first cottage begun in 1949).
1955
  • Oct. 12 - Federal Way-Midway Kiwanis Club chartered.
1956
  • April 2 - Northwest Orient Airlines Boeing Stratocruiser ditches into Puget Sound between Des Moines and Maury Island killing 5.
1958
  • Nov. 8 - Telephone building for Federal Way "WAverly 7" exchange opened.
1959
  • June 17 - City of Des Moines incorporated.
    Wes Betts dedicated his 250 boat marina at Redondo.

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