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History of AnkenyAnkeny began as a farming community founded by John Fletcher Ankeny on April 22, 1875. Mr. Ankeny was an active Des Moines businessman and involved in area politics. He was also a promoter and stockholder of the Minnesota Narrow Gauge Railroad which was later built through the town of Ankeny.

Notable Dates:

  • 1903: Ankeny was incorporated
  • 1940: The Federal Government established an ordnance plant for the manufacture of ammunition on the site that is now John Deere Company.
  • Late 1800’s
  • The 1900’s

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