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Ames is a city in Iowa in the United States. In 2006 there were 54,181 people living in the city.[1] It is was built between Skunk River and Squaw Creek, 35 miles north of the state capital, Des Moines. The town was first settled in 1864 as a railway town at a spot where the Skunk River could be crossed easily.[2] It was named after Oakes Ames, a member of the US Congress who supported building the railway.[3]

Ames is the home of the Iowa State University. It is also famous for being the home of the United States Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center.[3]


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  2. "Ames, Iowa". Economic Expert. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ames, Iowa Facts". CityTownInfo .com. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 

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