Behind the Name: Windsor Heights Named After 1840's Settler - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Behind the Name: Windsor Heights Named After 1840's Settler

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By Ron Marasco


Have you ever wondered who some of the Metro's streets or cities are named after?  So have we, so we did some digging.

For example, most of us have driven through Windsor Heights, even though it's small and boasts a population of less than 5,000.  Did you know the city was named after Henry Clay Windsor?  He settled in the area around 63rd Street and University Avenue in the mid–1840's.  The family later donated a plot of land to a worthy cause.

"They gave their land, their farm away to Windsor School," said Windsor Heights Mayor Diana Willits.  "And I believe that was 1918.  It was in memory or in honor of their son I believe."

More than 100,000 cars pass through the small city each day.  They can thank the I-235, Walmart and Sam's Club for that.

"It is the heart of it all, which is why we have the slogan 'In the heart of it all,'" said Willits.

The city later became a coal mining town.  They incorporated in 1941, but needed a name. Windsor Heights beat out Windsorville, Windsor Grove and Windsor Terrace.  City leaders say those names didn't describe the city, or were classy enough.


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