Fort Des Moines No. 1 was built in 1834. Fort Des Moines No. 2 was built in 1843. In 1833, The Dragoon Trail was built, running through Des Moines. These Dragoons, at first, had a thriving agreement with the Sac and Fox Indian tribes, but by December of 1945, the tribes were “removed” to areas Southwest of Iowa, in Kansas and Missouri. The Sioux tribes were at odds with the other two tribes, and the Dragoons manipulated the Indians with offerings of alcohol, which the Indians happily consumed with money from several treaties. Eventually, the Indians were mostly gone, and Fort Des Moines began thriving. One has to wonder, though, how peaceful the removal was for either the Indians or the Settlers. ~ Westwind Drive
*Disclaimer – the information above may not be completely accurate. It was taken from original documents about the settling of Fort Des Moines No. 2. This information is intended for use in my second book, Westwind Drive and any characters, situations, and locations are fictional.