Don Brush and his wife moved to their first apartment in Urbandale because it was close to a church and a grocery store – and they thought they were settling in Des Moines. More than 50 years later, he’s served as both a city councilman and mayor.

Mark Nagel has lived in Urbandale his entire life. He remembers when most streets were dirt roads with big ditches that would fill with water after a good downpour. Sometimes he and his buddies would block the culverts so they would have a free swimming pool for a couple hours. Nagel grew up to serve as an Urbandale policeman for 34 years.

To read more about why Brush, Nagel and other Urbandale residents say they’ve stayed so long in the community, click on the beginning letters of last names below.




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