Ames Travel Guide

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Ames Overview

Ames is a fast growing city of about 61,000 (up 20% since 2000) located along Interstate 35 where it intersects with US Highway 30 (The Lincoln Highway) and US Highway 69. Ames is in Central Iowa not far from Des Moines. Ames is also home to the Iowa State University of Science & Technology. Ames was founded in 1864 as a stop on the Cedar Rapids and Missouri Railroad, and was named after U. S. Congressman Oakes Ames who was helpful in getting the Transcontinental Railroad built.