The city of Ames, Iowa, is named after Oakes Ames, town founder and former president of Union Pacific Railroad. As part of its 150th Anniversary, Union Pacific is proud to celebrate the city’s rich railroad history in collaboration with the Ames Historical Society exhibit on the city’s founding.
On Sept. 9, the railroad will roll into Ames with Steam Locomotive No. 844, the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific. Also on display will be The Promontory, a UP 1962-vintage baggage car transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling museum, featuring 13 large, dramatic graphics and the latest in interactive touch video screen technology, immersing visitors in the railroad’s 150th history. Display location is 20th St. and Ridgewood Ave.