CyPix: Dinkey Tracks

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.

Dinkey tracks between Ames and campus with flood waters, undated.

Dinkey tracks between Ames and campus with flood waters, undated.

More information on the Dinkey can be found in RS 4/8/4 and in this online exhibit. Also, take a look at our Flickr site for this and more Dinkey photos. Stay dry, readers!


Images of Past ISU and Ames Floods

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.

Circa 1910 Flood: Dinkey tracks

1918 Flood (the streetcar which replaced the Dinkey can be seen in the distance)

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.


1975 Flood: Iowa State Center from above

1993 Flood: Maple, Willow and Larch Halls viewed from the Iowa State Center