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Des Moines, Iowa
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    (1843- )
    Capital of Iowa
    Seat of Polk County
    Incorporated as a city on September 22, 1851
    Population (city): 194,163 (2005 Census estimate)
    Population (metro area): 534, 230
    It has a French name.
    Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat during a concert here (1982).
    Flooding left 250,000 people without drinking water for 20 days (1993).
    It is known as 'The Hartford of the West' because many insurance companies are headquartered here.
    It has an 'international' airport offering no direct flights out of the US.
    It was home to two arena football teams called the Iowa Barnstormers. One moved to New York (2000) and the other folded after one season (2002).
    The capitol dome is gilded in 23-karat gold.
    Forbes ranked it as the fourth best place for business (1997).
    The McCaughey septuplets were born here.
    Many buildings downtown are connected by a 3.5-mile-long skywalk system.
    In 'On the Road,' Jack Kerouac wrote, 'The prettiest girls in the world live in Des Moines.'

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