- The Capitol
- View From the Capitol, ca. 1890
- The Brick Capitol in Des Moines, 1858-84
- First Iowa City Capitol Building
- The Old Capitol, pre-1900
- Iowa City Becomes the Capital City
You will need a program capable of playing Microsoft Silverlight files to view this video.
Download Microsoft Silverlight for free at www.microsoft.com.
Iowa City Becomes the Capital City
This video player uses Microsoft Silverlight.
Mr. Swan and Mr. Ronalds proceeded to the site of the future capital of the Iowa Territory. About two miles north of the town of Napoleon, the commissioners came upon an ideal spot overlooking the Iowa River. The river could serve as a source of transportation, there were stands of trees and rocks suitable for building material nearby. By July of 1839, Iowa City had been surveyed and laid out in lots. Lots in the new Capital city sold rapidly. In December of 1841 the seat of Government was moved to Iowa City. Although the Capital Building, itself, was not completed until almost a year later.
Iowa Pathways: Iowa History Resources for Students and Teachers
Home ~ My Path ~ Artifacts ~ Timeline ~ Quest ~ Teacher Resources ~ Project Information ~ SponsorsIowa Pathways © 2005 - 2014 Iowa Public Television