As you may know, railroad track remains were uncovered in Campustown last month. With that in mind, along with the large amounts of rain we’ve been getting recently, this photo struck a chord. Here is an undated photo of part of the Ames and Campus Railway’s (otherwise known as the Dinkey’s) tracks between Ames and the Iowa State College (University) campus, highlighted by flood waters on either side. Let’s hope the rain doesn’t result in something similar this year! The Dinkey operated as a steam train from 1891 until 1907, when it was replaced with an electric trolley system, also referred to as the Dinkey. This version ran until 1929.
After some very spectacular thunder, lightning and torrential rain storms throughout the week, record flooding is taking place today here in Ames and other parts of central Iowa. For those of you curious to see what past floods here in Ames and at ISU looked like, below are some images from our University Photograph collection.
What wast the Dinkey, you may be wondering? The Dinkey was a small steam engine that ran between downtown Ames and Iowa State College beginning July 4, 1891. The Hub once served as one of its stations.