Douglas Biggs will present an Ames Historical Society lecture: "Ames and the College from 1890-1900: A Transformative Decade" on June 24, at the Ames City Auditorium. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. A free-will donation of $3 per attendee is requested.
In 1890, the city of Ames had 1,276 citizens, no municipal electrical, water or sewage service and a part-time town marshal. Iowa Agricultural College lay two miles west and was an isolated world unto itself. By 1900, Ames had 2,422 citizens, a publicly-owned electric plan, a state-of-the-art water and sewer system and a new Chicago & Northwestern Railroad depot. This growth was the fruit of many people’s labor, but fueled largely by the vision of one man, President William Beardshear of IAC, with one local business, the Ames & College Railway, serving as the backbone for these enhancements.
Biggs’ presentation will focus on the struggles and the triumphs of this transformative decade and the people who made this possible.