City Hall Time Capsule


First Mayor of Ames



William West - 1821-1919
Ames' first mayor

In the City Hall time capsule was this photo of William West, a highly respected pioneer Ames businessman and the first mayor of Ames, serving from 1870 to 1871. From 1869 until 1892, he and his wife, Harriet, operated the first hotel in Ames, the West House, located where the Octagon building is today. William was on the Ames school board in the 1880s when Central School was built on the site of our present City Hall.