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Clive, Iowa is located just to the west of Des Moines, between Urbandale to the north and West Des Moines to the south. The US Census Bureau 2005 estimated population for Clive was 13,851, an increase of 7.7% since 2000.
The Greenbelt Park runs through much of Clive, offering a wide variety of recreational trails and opportunities as well as providing wildlife habitat.
Three retail centers allow for convenient shopping, banking, and personal services and Clive hosts many of the Des Moines area's best restaurants. Clive has outstanding access to the Interstate Highway System; the north/south leg of I-35/80 runs through the center of town.
History (courtesy of cityofclive.com)
Clive is an old community, but a young city, incorporated on October 9, 1956. Maps dated in the 1870's first show Clive as a small settlement clustered around the intersection of Walnut Creek, a railroad and a county road. The community was an early rail shipping point and coal mining area. It was platted on January 18, 1882 by the Union Land Company. Three of Clive's first buildings still remain: 2. Swanson Grocery, 8641 Swanson Boulevard, built in 1911.
2. Swanson Grocery, 8641 Swanson Boulevard, built in 1911.
Where the name "Clive" came from is under speculation. One theory is that the name "Clive" came from a British General, Robert Clive, who served in the late 1700's as administrator and founder of the British Empire in India. The other theory is that when the rail line was being constructed, there was a section gang foreman named "Clive" (unknown whether this was his first or last name). When a car at the main yard in Des Moines had been loaded with rails, ties, spikes, etc., the workers were told to get this car out to "Clive." Click here for more history on the City of Clive.
Clive Bounday Map (courtesy of City of Clive)
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