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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
1940's
1940
  • Oct. - Des Moines Field House dedicated. In 1946 the Library is located here.
1945
  • April 29 - At12:16 p.m., a Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes. It was centered near North Bend.
1946
  • Northwest Archery, the first business in Normandy Park, was opened by Glen St. Charles.
  • Feb. 14 - At 7:18 p.m. an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes, centered between Olympia and Tacoma.
1947
  • March - First Kindergarten opened in Des Moines with Rilda Moses as teacher.
  • March - Des Moines Theater (now Cinema) opens.
  • Nov. 30 - At approximately 2:25 p.m., an Alaska Airlines charter C-54 airliner with 26 passengers and three crew members crashes while landing at Sea-Tac Aiport, killing 9 and injuring 17. The four-engine Douglas airliner landed from the northeast and ran off the end of the runway colliding with an automobile on Des Moines Way (now Des Moines Memorial Drive).
1949
  • April 14 - Earthquake of magnitude 7.1 strikes area. The ground shakes for about 30 seconds and is felt over a 230,000 square mile area.
  • July 9 - Sea-Tac Airport dedicated, having been begun as Bow Lake Airport previously.

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