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    Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    I really enjoy reading about unique things like this:
    http://amestrib.com/news/railroad-re...eet-campustown


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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    Cool.

    We went on a architectural bike tour downtown Des Moines a few weeks back. One of the stops was the old library, now world food prize.

    I never noticed it before, but they redid the staircase on the east side, and then the plaza as part of the Riverwalk. The guide was telling us about the limestone and how they were able to source the same stuff from the quarry town in Minnesota that just happened to be tearing down some train bridges.

    But while they were excavating the plaza, they ran into a 3 tier fountain (had to be 10-15' high) that had been simply buried back in the 50's-60's. And they were able to salvage the top tier and incorporate it into the new staircase.

    A lot of history underneath our feet.


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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    So it was an underground railroad?




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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    I really like finding the old pictures of Riverview Amusement Park in Des Moines. You can still see some footings from the old rides ect.

    http://www.riverviewparkdsm.com/


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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    Quote Originally Posted by mj4cy View Post
    I really like finding the old pictures of Riverview Amusement Park in Des Moines. You can still see some footings from the old rides ect.

    http://www.riverviewparkdsm.com/
    I bike by there all the time and had no idea that was an amusement park. Is that were the carousel at Union park came from?

    Dubuque has similar thing. Union park behind (what used to be) the YMCA camp. When I was a kid at camp, the destroyed remains were really cool/creepy

    http://www.encyclopediadubuque.org/i...tle=UNION_PARK



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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    So it was an underground railroad?

    Cue Rim shot, then fail horn.





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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    So it was an underground railroad?
    Dammit, I am 15 minutes too late.



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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    Quote Originally Posted by RubyClone View Post
    I bike by there all the time and had no idea that was an amusement park. Is that were the carousel at Union park came from?
    I had no idea either. Carousel still works, nice park.


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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    I'm always intrigued by the Ames High Fieldhouse. Don't hear many people in Ames talking about it.

    http://www.ameshistory.org/exhibits/...fieldhouse.htm



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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    Free rebar for the concrete...Good thinking!!


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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    So it was an underground railroad?


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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    How times have changed! "You can smell real smoke and breath live cinders into your lungs."

    http://www.ameshistory.org/exhibits/...key_photos.htm




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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    That kind of stuff is fun for everybody who's not involved in the demolition/construction project. I'm involved in a fairly major construction project for my company where we've found a bunch of things that we didn't know existed. Doesn't make for a fun time.



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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    Put the indian bones back where you found them and slowly walk away never to return.


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    Re: Construction workers find railroad under Knapp St in Campustown

    This is a great book. Almost entirely photos and captions.



    AMES: A RIDE THROUGH TOWN ON THE “DINKEY”

    Author(s):

    Farwell T. Brown

    ISBN:

    9780738519333
    # of Pages:

    128
    Publisher:

    Arcadia Publishing
    On Sale Date:

    12/02/2001
    Binding:

    Softcover
    # of Images:

    200 Black and White

    http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738519333/Ames-A-Ride-Through-Town-on-the-Dinkey



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