Fort Des Moines (3)

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Fort Des Moines (3) (1901-Present) - A U.S. Army post established in 1901 as a cavalry post in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Active military installation.

Fort Des Moines Officer Quarters
Fort Des Moines Chapel
Fort Des Moines Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQ)

Fort Des Moines (3) History

Authorized on 4 Apr 1900 and formally dedicated on 13 Nov 1903. Built out as an open plan brick fort on a treeless pasture. Housed infantry and cavalry units until World War I. In 1917 it became a Officer Training School for black officer candidates. As the war came to an end it was converted to a hospital for returning veterans.

Fort Des Moines 1904 Plan


During World War II the post became a training center for the Women's Army Corps (WAC). The post expanded with over 170 new buildings to house 65,000 enlisted women and 7,000 officers.

The post was officially deactivated in May 1946 but was reactivated in 1958. The post now houses Army Reserve and other federal tennants.

Current Status

Active military installation in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa


Location: Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

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Lat: 41.52546 Long: -93.61559

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