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True Crime Stories History Tour

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1 hour

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0.9 mile walk

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Local History Buff Tour Host

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Historic photos

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No hidden fees

Tour Notes

Unsolved murders, bootleggers and colorful characters. Learn about the seedy side of Iowa's capitol city with our local guide during this history tour. Des Moines is known as a welcoming, friendly city, but there's always been a tougher side to the town as well. This downtown tour takes you past buildings that share stories about notorious crimes, famous bank robbers and national celebrities. Join our friendly knowledgeable host to uncover the criminal side of town in this lively one hour tour.

  • Gratuities are never expected but always appreciated if you feel you have a great tour experience

  • This tour is not recommended for guests under 16 years old

  • Our standard tour times are Sunday through Saturday. Click Book Now for available times. 

  • Contact us for other available private customized tour times and larger group sizes

Guest Review

Learning that Iowa had so many criminals, and well known ones, was interesting. Melinda_O 5 stars on TripAdvisor

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