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Des Moines History Time Line
1700-1849 | 1900 | 1910 | 1920 | 1930 | 1940 | 1950 | 1960 | 1970 | 1980 | 1990 | 2000
1960's
1960
  • Des Moines "Waterland" Festival began in conjunction with other community activities.
1962
  • I-5 freeway opened from the Puyallup River to Midway.
  • Oct. 12 - Columbus Day Storm, later designated by the National Weather service as Washington's worst weather disaster of the 20th century, takes area by surprise.
1963
  • Jan. 31 - Highline Community College dedicated in Midway. Community College District 9 included Federal Way, Highline and South Central (Tukwila) School Districts. The college had its first classes at Glacier High School in 1961.
  • The first portion of Judson Park Caldwell Health Center, a retirement home, opened in the Zenith neighborhood of Des Moines.
1965
  • April 29 - Earthquake of magnitude 6.5 strikes Des Moines. There were no fatalities and damage was mostly confined to local supermarkets.
  • Dec. 12 - Library building on 24th Avenue South was completed and the collection was moved from the Des Moines Field House. In 1988 this building was sold to the Grace Lutheran Church and is now used as a daycare facility.
1967
  • Jan. 31 - The last section of Interstate-5 from Everett to Tacoma is completed. This section runs about 15 miles from Dearborn Street near Beacon Hill in Seattle to the Kent-Des Moines Road.
  • April 4 - Dedication of a new Des Moines Post Office on South 222nd Street at 7th Avenue South (1953-1966 Mabel Rayback Postmaster until it became a branch of the Seattle Post Office).
1968
  • Feb. 13 - King County "Forward Thrust" program approved. Mt. Rainer Swimming Pool was later constructed as part of this program.
1969
  • Dec. 12 - Waterspout swept off Puget Sound and crossed through central Des Moines and Mt. Rainier High School. Several buildings near Pacific Highway and Kent-Des Moines Rd. were damaged. There were no fatalities.

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