Citation: 131.719.5 (Full image size: 263Kb)

In 1919, Archie A. and Nancy C. Martin, an African-American couple who had moved to Ames in 1915, purchased a lot about two doors east of the corner on the south side of Lincoln Way near the Kellogg Avenue intersection (218 Lincoln Way). There they built this house which today [2006] remains in the Martin and Shipp families. The Martin home was the site of many gatherings for the small black population in Ames. The second floor of the home was reserved for African-American students attending Iowa State College. These students had been admitted to the college but were not given housing on the campus; they had both room and board in the Martins' house. This photograph shows another residence west of the Martins' so probably it was taken sometime in the 1920s or 1930s because the 1940 "Ames City Directory" lists a service station at that location (223 Lincoln Way), but the 1936 "Ames City Directory" does not. (See article, "Early African-American Families of Ames" in the Winter, 1990-91 issue of "The Ames Intelligencer, the newsletter of the Ames Heritage Association).

   Citation: 133.733.1 (Full image size: 47Kb)

This view of the grounds of the Iowa Highway Commission (later, the Iowa Department of Transportation) grounds shows the sheds that were built to house the equipment that the U.S. military gave away after the end of World War I. (Photograph is courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation.)

   Citation: 133.733.3 (Full image size: 41Kb)

The original unit (first occupied in 1924) of the Iowa Highway Commission complex on the south side of of Lincoln Way. In 1904 Iowa's 30th General Assembly designated Iowa State College to act as a highway commission for the state. Iowa State's engineering dean Anson Marston and agriculture dean Charles F. Curtiss became the first commissioners. Thomas H. MacDonald, a 1904 ISC engineering graduate, was named assistant engineer in charge of field operations. He quickly became the first chief engineer of the new commission. (Photo is courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation.)

   Citation: 181.1023.2-4 (Full image size: 48Kb)

Iowa State College campus from Lincoln Way and Welch Avenue around 1924. Beardshear Hall (then known as Central Building) is in the center. The first unit of Friley Hall was built on the hill at the left in 1939.


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