The West Ninth Streetcar Line Historic District runs through the historic River Bend neighborhood north of downtown Des Moines. It is significant for its association with the importance of streetcar transportation to the development of North Des Moines. This historic district also illustrates the influence of the U.S. Land Survey system as a framework for community planning and development in North Des Moines and elsewhere west of the Appalachian Mountains during the late nineteenth century.
The district is comprised of many resources illustrating a variety of stylistic influences, including the Stick style, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and Period Revival. These styles are applied to multiple-family as well as single-family dwellings. Several of the buildings in this district were designed by locally notable architects.
The period of significance of the West Ninth Streetcar Line Historic District is circa 1883 to 1936. It is identified as being “fragile” due to the condition of many of the resources at the time of nomination.