"Dinkey" Departs

Photo ca. 1905

The Dinkey engine is ready to depart from its engine house at the east end of Main Street.  Loughran Machine Shop is seen in the background.  A portion of Duff Avenue is visible in the foreground.  The steam-powered Ames and College Railroad began in 1891 to provide better transportation between downtown Ames and the growing Iowa State college.  From the east end of Onondaga (Main Street) it travelled west down Fifth Street, over Squaw Creek and across central campus.  In 1907, the steam service on Fifth Street was replaced by electric interurban cars on Main Street.  Learn more about the Ames & College Railway Dinkey.

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This 1896 diagram of the area south of the public park (later, Bandshell Park) shows the Ames & College Railway tracks leading to the Dinkey engine house plus one siding to accomodate Munn Lumber.  The arrow shows the photo viewpoint for the image at the top of the page.  Today, this entire area is used by the City of Ames for green space, public parking, and the Municipal Powerplant.
This view of the Dinkey engine house in 1900 looks southwest from the Munn Lumber office.  A portion of the McFarlin Grain Company's elevator is visible at right on Onondaga (Main Street).