About Ames Iowa

In this section, considered the crux of our website, we present images and narratives about city government, schools, businesses, organizations, residents, streets, transportation, celebrations and events.  Until we can obtain a permanent museum with adequate physical space, you can learn much about Ames history here.  Photos and descriptive texts are being added weekly.  Many images may be enlarged to reveal further detail.

Our mission is to identify, record, collect, preserve, and provide access to evidence of the history of Ames and its immediate vicinity from pre-settlement times to the present.  Your family, business or organization probably has a history worthy of preserving.  This is your opportunity to share that legacy.  If you have historical material relating to the above topics that you think would enhance an appreciation of the character of Ames, contact the Collections Curator (mail (at) ameshistoricalsociety (dot) org).  Artifacts and archival material may be donated or loaned for digital photographing or scanning.  Personal recollections and oral history may also be submitted.


CITY GOVERNMENT
Ada Hayden Heritage Park
Ames Bandshell
Ames City Hall 1915 time capsule
Ames Fire Department
Ames Mayors
Ames Municipal Band
Ames Municipal Court ledgers
Ames Municipal Electric System
Ames Municipal Water System
Ames Police Department
Ames Public Library - Little Theater displays
Ames Sister City in Ecuador, Loja
City of Ames first flag
Moore Memorial Park
Public Murals - Post Office
SCHOOLS
Ames Public Schools centennial booklet
Ames High School
Beardshear School
Bloomington School
Central School
Clearview School
Crawford School
Edwards School
Evergreen School
Grant School #3
Harlan School
Lincoln School
Meeker School
Mitchell School
North Grant School
Northwood School
Oakwood School
Roosevelt School
South School
St. Cecilia School
Welch School
Whittier School
BUSINESSES, INDUSTRIES, PROFESSIONS
20th Century Bowling
Adams Funeral Home
Allen Motor Company
Ames Art Pottery Company
Ames Canning Company
Ames Drag Strip
Ames Greenhouse and Floral
Ames Launderette
Ames Nursery
Ames Stationers
Ames Theatre Company
Ames Tourist Court
Ames Tribune
Ames Tune-Up & Service
Archie's Shoe Repair
Artesian Apco
Athletic Drug Store
Bates Bakery
Bauge and Alm Shoes
Berck's Clothing
Bigelow & Huntington Dry Goods
Bob's Sucher's Superette
L. M. Bosworth
Brintnall's Standard Service
Carney Bros. Auto Wrecking
Carr Hardware
Carr’s Pool
Casey Motel
Christensen Hardware
Cities Service Station
Coe's Flowers
Cole Contractors
College Pipe Shop
College Savings Bank
Collegiate Manufacturing Company
Coon Station
Daulton Motors
Dependable Motors
Dixon Drugs
Dunlap Motors
Edwards Coal Company
Emmerhoff's Footware
Erickson Brothers Service Station
Fastco Drug
Frangos Restaurant
Froning & Froning Elevator
Gamble Drugs and Stationery
Gerbracht Aeronautic Corporation
Goodyear Store
Hallett Materials
H. J. Hansen, Contractor and Builder
Hart Photographic Studio
Henry's Hamburgers
Hohenshell's Mobilgas
Home Furniture and Appliance
Hotel Ames
Hotel Barber Shop
Irvine Paint Store
Joe's Men's Shop
Judisch Bros. Drug Store
Kampus Kamp
Kimler Coal & Ice Company
Knapp Insurance Agency
L-Way Cafe
Litzel Hardware & Paint, Litzel Lumber Company
Malander's Ninth Street Grocery
Marion's Bicycle Service
Max Duitch Auto Exchange
Max Harriman Hair Style Salon
McDonalds in Ames
Menu-ette Café
Michael’s Cyclery
Mikado Restaurant
Miller's Paint Store
Millers Refrigeration
Moore's Dairy
Motor Sales and Service
Nelson Electric Company
Ness Typewriter Sales
New York Store
Nim's Sportsman's
O.K. Barber Shop
Olsan's Flowers
O’Neil Dairy
Oslund Drug
Overland Cafe & Bus Depot
Overland Tourist Camp
Pacific Fish Market
The Paint Spot
Pyle Photo Service
Quade Photographic Studio
Richards' Restaurant
Scotty's Chicken Inn
Sheldon-Munn Hotel
Skateland
Skeie Pontiac
Wm. F. Snook contracting
Silver Spur Lounge
Spick & Span Grocery
Square Deal Service Station
Solar Inn Restaurant
Stoner Tourist Camp
Tilden Store
Tip Top Sandwich Shop
Topahollow Inn
Triplett Real Estate
Trueblood's Shoe Store
Van Voorhis Plumbing & Cooling
Van's Grocery
Victorbilt Toys
Walgreen Restaurant
West Street Grocery
Whattoff Motor Company
Woodland Dairy
ORGANIZATIONS
Cultural
   Ames Women’s Theatre
Neighborhood
   Clark Avenue Club
   Emanon Club
   North Star Country Club
Religious
   Ames Jewish Congregation
   Bethesda Lutheran Church
   Collegiate Presbyterian Church
   Collegiate United Methodist Church
   First Baptist Church
   First Christian Church
   First Methodist Church
   Pleasant Grove Church
   Ontario Church of Christ
   Saint Cecilia Parish
   Trinity Christian Reformed Church
   Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames
   United Church of Christ-Congregational
Social
   Ames Golf and Country Club
   Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 1626
   Komfort Klub
   Kaffee Klatsch
   Mono Clan
Special Interest
   Friends of Hallett's Quarry
   Izaak Walton League
Youth
   Ames Drum and Bugle Corps
   Camp Fire Girls
   Girl Reserves
   The Noteables
RESIDENTS
Winifred Abram
Bertrand and Mary Adams
Clinton Adams
William Arrasmith family
Warren Boast family
K.W. Brown family
Otto Brue
R.E. Carr family
John Cole family
W.P. Coon
Robert Crumb
Earl Twins
Lee Fellinger
Adele Figura
Peter Frangos
Joseph Gerbracht
Alice Hallowell
Ada Hayden
Ted Kooser
Joseph P. Lawlor
The Leininger Twins
Archie and Nancy Martin family
Homer McNeil family
Billy and Addie Mills family
Neva Morris
Nick Nolte
Maria Pearson
Floyd Penkhus
Grant Quam
Carl Ringgenberg family
Dick Schory
Peter Schickele
Olav Smedal
Vivian Snook Smedal
Neta Snook
William Ashley (Billy) Sunday
George Galen Tilden family
Tom Wetteland
TRANSPORTATION
American Wheelmen
Ames & College Railway
Chicago & Northwestern Railroad
Construction of the Grand Avenue railroad crossing
Ft. Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad
Lincoln Highway through Ames
Squaw Creek Bridge collapse of 1918
Tourist Handbook of 1924
1963 Widening of Lincoln Way through Campustown
CELEBRATIONS AND EVENTS
National
   American Revolution Bicentennial Quilt
   Ames featured in national publications
   Friendship Train in Ames
   Memorial Day Celebrations
State
   1953 Iowa Mother of the Year
Local 
   Ames centennial, 1964
   Ames Chautauqua
   Ames Diamond Jubilee Celebration of 1939
   Bank Robbery of 1935
   Clothes for Russia drive, 1944
   Elvis Presley visits Ames
   Ginkgo Festival
   Iowa State College Excursion Day Festival
   May Day Celebration on ISC Campus
   Santa in Ames in 1953
   St. Patrick's Day Parade of 1914
   Wally Byam Caravan Club International Rallies in Ames
Disasters
   Atomic Attack Survival
   Blizzard of 1942
   Bombing of City Hall in 1970
   Burning of Old Main, 1900, 1902
   Depression Era in Ames and rural Iowa
   Flood of 1944
   Flood of 2010
   World War II - rationing - civil defense

Rural Life Heritage Collection - Ames Tribune Photo Archive

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