12 Facts About Ames Iowa


Ames Iowa hosts United States Department of Agriculture sites: the largest federal animal disease center in the United States, the USDA Agricultural Research Service's National Animal Disease Center, as well as one of two national USDA sites for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which comprises the National Veterinary Services Laboratory and the Center for Veterinary Biologics.

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Ames Iowa was founded by local resident Cynthia Olive Duff and railroad magnate John Insley Blair, near a location that was deemed favorable for a railroad crossing of the Skunk River.

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Also passing through Ames is the cross country line of the Union Pacific Railroad and two small streams .

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At its founding in 1858, Ames Iowa State was formerly known as the Ames Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.

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In 2015, Ames Iowa was ranked in the top 15 "Cities That Have Done the Best Since the Recession" by Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Iowa State University of Science and Technology, more commonly known as Iowa State University, is a public land-grant and space-grant research university located in Ames.

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Ames Iowa State has produced a number of astronauts, scientists, Nobel laureates, and Pulitzer Prize winners.

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WOI-DT, the ABC affiliate in central Ames Iowa, was originally owned and operated by Ames Iowa State University until the 1990s.

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Ames Iowa has been testing automatic train horns at several of its crossings.

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City of Ames offers a transit system throughout town, called CyRide, that is funded jointly by Iowa State University, the ISU Government of the Student Body, and the City of Ames.

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Iowa is the first caucus state and Ames is a college town.

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From 1979 through 2011, Ames Iowa was the location of the Ames Iowa Straw Poll, which was held every August prior to a presidential election year in which the Republican presidential nomination was undecided .

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