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As a personal challenge to myself, I decided to see if another route to the shelter in Dawson, Iowa, would have been a better selection. In some ways it was better, but in other ways, no. It all depends on the railroads. I don't know if they are still active tracks or not. At least 1/2 the route has some tracks either parallel to or near the route of travel. If the tracks are no longer used, then this would be a better route. The hardest part of the route is still getting out from inside the I-35 Loop.
Des Moines, Iowa: Elevation 864 feet
Capitol City of Iowa. City population near 200,000, and the metropolitan area population of 500,000. Home to the Blank Park Zoo. Electrical power supplied by MidAmerican Energy Company, who has recently started using Wind Power to generate electricity.
The Iowa State Fair attracts over a million people every year. In 2003, Des Moines only had 8 murders, 92 rapes, 284 robberies, 315 assaults, 1,527 burglaries, and 896 stolen cars.
The average high temperature in the summer is 75 degrees, and 20 degrees in the winter. The rainy season is April to August, with rainfall between 4” to 5”. The humidity all year long is around 60 to 80%. Snow season is October to April, with average accumulations of 8 to 10-1/2 inches. There are 5 major shopping malls.
Hospitals/medical centers in Des Moines:
BROADLAWNS MEDICAL CENTER (1801 HICKMAN ROAD)
IOWA LUTHERAN HOSPITAL (700 EAST UNIVERSITY AVENUE)
IOWA METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER (1200 PLEASANT STREET)
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER/MERCY CAPITOL (400 UNIVERSITY AVENUE)
Strongest AM radio stations in Des Moines:
KRNT 1350 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA
KBGG 1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA
WHO 1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA
KXNO 1460 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA
KPSZ 940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA
WOI 640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA
KWKY 1150 AM; 1 kW; DES MOINES, IA
KXEL 1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA
KFGQ 1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA
KXLQ 1490 AM; 1 kW; INDIANOLA, IA
WHB 810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO
KOIL 1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE
KFAB 1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE