What Welch Avenue used to look like

150 Years of the Unexpected

Before dismissing Ames as another Midwestern college town surrounded by cornfields, consider its unique history. By Rachel Vipond   Believe it or not, our beloved college town had humble beginnings. Containing only 12 blocks and 844 residents when it was incorporated in 1870, Ames now has 58,965 residents (ISU students included). In 1864, Ames was […]