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    What is the oldest business in Ames?

    We had a discussion at work today about what business is Ames has been in business the longest.

    What say you, CF?



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    Quote Originally Posted by Legend12 View Post
    We had a discussion at work today about what business is Ames has been in business the longest.

    What say you, CF?
    probably prostitution...just like everywhere else.



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    Slyvia is long dead


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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    That's easy. Iowa State University opened it's doors for business in 1858.



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    I would not consider a school to be a business, but that is just me.



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    School is big business, don't kid yourself.



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    I was going to say prostitution also, too many people think alike on this board.



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    I'm thinking a business in a field that is really mature.....like a lumberyard or something. Not sure how long Munn Lumber has been there....i'm just shootin from the hip here.



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    Des Moines has a Lumberyard.



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    Some good info here;
    About Ames Iowa

    Maybe the Trib:
    Ames Tribune



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    My money is on the Ames Pantorium. Because, seriously, it is called a pantorium--that's old school.


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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    What is a pantorium?

    I typed pantorium into google and the 3rd one down was Ames Pantorium.



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

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    What is a pantorium?

    I typed pantorium into google and the 3rd one down was Ames Pantorium.
    It's a dry cleaner as far as I know. The only other thing I know about it is I giggle a little every time I walk by the giant Pantorium facade.


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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    Stumpy do you go to OU? I'm from Dayton and have a lot of friends that went there.



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    Re: What is the oldest business in Ames?

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Stumpy do you go to OU? I'm from Dayton and have a lot of friends that went there.
    Yep, going there for grad school -- not too much else to do in Athens, so that's a pretty good guess!

    I'm looking through some old pictures on the Ames Historical Society's site and here is one from 1908 showing Carr Hardware:



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