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Des Moines History Time Line
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1980's
1980
  • May 18 - At 8:32 a.m., Mount St. Helens experiences a major volcanic eruption. Due to favorable winds, the Des Moines area receives only occasional dustings of volcanic ash.
1984
  • Thomas and Frederica Wooton donate three acres for park on Redondo Way.
  • Oct. - Midway Landfill designated as a "Superfund" site by the Environmental Protection Agency.
1986
  • Nov. 4 - Voters approve purchase of Des Moines Beach Park (Covenant Beach Camp). The site is placed on State Register of Historical Places in1988.
1988
  • Sept. 18 - New Library opened adjacent to City Hall on the corner of 11th Avenue South and South 216th Street.
  • Nov. 11 - Des Moines Centennial Celebration begins.
1989
  • April - Publication of "One Hundred Years of the Waterland Community: A History of Des Moines, Washington"; Richard Kennedy and Grechen Schmidt, Editors.

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