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Old 11-11-2018, 04:17 AM
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Default Location of the former Capital City Ambulance Service, Des Moines IA

Ive been driving for lyft part time on weekends for several weeks now, what a fun part-time job!

Traversing every nook and cranny of the Des Moines metro, I often times wonder what it might have been like working the same streets decades ago as employees of the former Capital City ambulance service. If memory serves, they were a loyal M-M customer, particularly Criterions, and I believe they became the owner of the first-ever ó prototype ó Criterion, the only one built on the 1973 Cadillac commercial chassis.

As such, I consider Capital City Ambulance an important and historical company to our hobby, even though theyíre no longer in business. Not unlike Vernon OíNealís former funeral home in Dallas.

Iíd love to take some photos of what remains of the former Ambulance Service headquarters, perhaps staged in the exact same location of the well-known photo showing off their entire fleet of Omaha Orange over Cotillion White (orange-cream dreamsicle) M-M Cadillacs ó and 2 Dodge vans ó all parked at their main headquarters.

Only problem is, I have no clue where it was located! Google searches have turned up dry.

Can anyone give me the street address of their old headquarters? If so Iíll muster up some photos that I will post here for all to view.

And while Iím at it, if anyone has any requests for former or current funeral homes in the Des Moines metro theyíd like me to photograph and post, feel free to PM me and Iíd be happy to oblige. If you care to request a specific angle, or ďthen vs. nowĒ perspective, feel free to share an old pic so I can attempt to duplicate the same perspective.

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Go to the Public Library and check to see if they have any old City Directories or telephone books. Check in the Yellow Pages or adds.
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:53 PM
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As Chuck mentioned, city directories are the quickest and easiest way to find any former business, especially if you know when they went out of business.
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I didn't realize that Capital City Ambulance was only in private ownership for 16 years.
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I called the town library where Cotner Bevington was located, and they were able to look up the street address for me in less than 60 seconds. A lot faster than driving to the town library. Just ask for the Information Desk, to be directed to the correct person.
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My hope is that the main ambulance garage is still standing. And if so, I will try to carefully search for traces of the former occupants such as maybe a painted over sign or logo still showing the companyís faded livery. Or if itís currently a business like a body shop or something, I will call them up and ask if they know anything about the previous ownersí history. Fingers crossed!

Thanks for the fantastic suggestions everyone, Iíll keep you posted on my sleuthing!
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Capital City Ambulance started out at 914 Grand Ave. in 1966. Bob Hutt had a new building constructed at 932 12th Street, complete with game room and swimming pool, I'm not sure of the year,but that's where they were when he sold out to the consortium in 1982.
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Excellent thanks so much, I know right where thatís at. Iíll take some pics this weekend! But for now, I found it easily on google earth. I tried to post a screenshot here, but it says itís missing a security token. But itís definitely the old CCA headquarters! Very centrally located, and real close to downtown. I also see remnants of a possible old logo on the front door and canít wait to see if it just might say in faded old/painted over ďCCAĒ!

Stay tuned for actual photos from me this weekend!
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Excellent thanks so much, I know right where thatís at. Iíll take some pics this weekend! But for now, I found it easily on google earth. I tried to post a screenshot here, but it says itís missing a security token. But itís definitely the old CCA headquarters! Very centrally located, and real close to downtown. I also see remnants of a possible old logo on the front door and canít wait to see if it just might say in faded old/painted over ďCCAĒ!

Stay tuned for actual photos from me this weekend!
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You are absolutely right Paul, that worked slick as a whistle! Attached is the screenshot of the old CCA headquarters. Note the old radio antenna in back. I'll post actual photos that I take myself this weekend!
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