150 Years in 50 Minutes

As the trains were pushing westward across Iowa, the choices made by “advance man” John I. Blair spelled the beginning of new towns and the death knell to others. Learn how his decisions, along with the aid of a feisty pioneer woman, brought Ames into being. Learn also the fascinating stories behind many of the places and buildings that are part of our everyday lives today.

By Margaret Vance. Gallery Talk, 2014.