American College Towns: Ames, Iowa By Douglass Cole, Joel Anderson, 2024


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Ames is a city in Story County, Iowa, United States, located approximately 30 miles north of Des Moines in central Iowa. It is best known as the home of Iowa State University, with leading agriculture, design, engineering, and veterinary medicine colleges. As students roam the central campus of Iowa State University each day, they can hear the ringing of bells hailing from the tower which has become a symbol of the university itself: the Campanile. This lovely landmark was proposed by Edgar W. Stanton, a member of Iowa State University’s first graduating class of 1872. Stanton had become a figurehead of Iowa State, spending half of a century on campus under roles of faculty member, secretary of the board of trustees, dean of the junior college, vice president and, on four separate occasions, acting president of the university. Stanton’s wife, Margaret McDonald Stanton, served as the university’s first dean of women for nearly 25 years. After her passing in 1895, her husband proposed the idea of constructing a tower in his wife’s name in a letter written to the board of trustees at Iowa State. To celebrate Ames, Iowa, Anderson Design Group poster artists have hand-rendered an original illustration in the style of vintage poster design and travel art. This retro college spirit artwork is available as a poster, print, canvas, mini canvas, metal sign, notecard, or postcard.

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