These are photographs of locations around Ames, Iowa, and Iowa State University, that are occasionally or frequently mentioned in the course of this web site.
I have tried to give credit to people who have helped by providing their cache of photos. If I have neglected anyone or mis-credited anybody, please notify me, as it is an oversight or error, not intentional. Some of these location photographs were taken on a return trip I made to Ames from San Francisco in 1980. The locations were still very similar to the 1970s then. I am told many of these buildings no longer exist.
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I lived in Helser Hall, Halsted House (3rd floor) between September 1970 and May or June 1972. During that time I was essentially in the closet, except it become known I was gay the last several months of my living there. Steve Court, also active in early gay liberation at Iowa State, was a resident of Norman House on the first floor, and was out (of the closet) to the people on that floor. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Lincoln Apartments were right at campus on Lincoln Way in Ames. Many people have memories or connections to this building. It wasn't a state-of-the-art location, but functional. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
People who were involved with Gay Men's Rap Group during the 1972-1973 school year may remember that a lot of meetings were held in an apartment in this building (where I lived for only three months). It was painted black, with orange pipes, when I moved in, and when I left, as well. It was on Sheldon Avenue, before Sheldon turned and ended merging into North Hyland. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
One summer Steve Duhr and I rented the ground floor of this house on Welch (out near the Towers dorms, since blown up). Allen Bell and Harold Osler joined us there by the end of that summer. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
For about three months or a little longer, I lived in this house on North Duff in Ames, along with Patty Abrisz, Jim Prouty, Kent McClure, and Greg Menard. The owner apparently decided he didn't want a load of commie pinkos and fags in the rental, as he asked us to leave for no apparent real reason, stating something about a relative moving in. I was dubious about the story then. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Grand Avenue in Ames. An initial tryst of my life happened downstairs in this building, and later, about 1974/75, I lived in the upstairs apartment. The vicious butch kitty Stella first called this home after his adoption of me. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Dugan's Deli, 2900 West Street, where much of the counterculture used to hang out (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Dugan's Deli, 2nd photograph. This mural was being painted in 1980. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
The Memorial Union at Iowa State University. Much activity and history happened here, and some of it the University even condoned (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
The rural shack near Ames, my living room. No insulation, it was quite expensive to heat this outbuilding, but the rent was cheap! (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
My little shack out at the end of a dead end gravel road in rural Ames. I could look out my windows and occasionally see deer in the cornfield behind the place. A small creek and wooded area was nearby, too. Two old folks, probably in their 70s, lived on the same lot in a real house. They seemed to like the noisy parties I'd have there, just having younger people around seemed to be enjoyable to them. Hopefully they didn't find disco music too objectionable, either. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
812 Burnett Street, Ames, Iowa. Linda Charles first lived in this house; later David Halterman joined her. Still later, I moved into the downstairs apartment. The relevant years were about 1975-1977. (courtesy of Harold Osler)
812 Burnett in Ames during the winter (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
The Dennis Brumm royal blue downstairs apartment loo. People still remember this today. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)