Hierb's Saloon

On the northwest corner of Second and Walnut was the site of Joseph Hierb’s Saloon. Hierb and his brother started the first brewery in Des Moines in 1855, which later became known as City Brewery, located at 7th and Center Streets. They piled their used mash close to the brewery where the local pigs regularly had a fine feast and then had trouble finding their way home until the city council barred this practice.