Oakes Ames

Oliver Ames II

Granite portrait plaques mounted on a pink granite pyramid,
60 feet (18.29 m.) square at base, 60 feet (18.29 m.) high; reliefs are 10 feet (3.05 m.) square

Oliver and Oakes Ames Monument, 1881-82

Oakes Ames (1804-1873) was a manufacturer, capitalist, and politician. He and his brother Oliver Ames II (1807-1877) were part owners of the Ames Manufacturing Company, a steel and metal manufacturing concern. The brothers are known for developing the Union Pacific Railroad; Oliver II was later its president and director. In 1862, Oakes was elected to Congress from Massachusetts and was reelected four times.  The pyramidal monument, designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, was built for the Union Pacific Railroad at the highest point on the line (Sherman Summit, Wyoming). Saint-Gaudens modeled the two large portrait plaques. The relief of Oakes Ames is on the north side, and that of Oliver Ames II, on the south. The eastern side of the pyramid is without decoration, and on the west is an inscription: "In Memory of Oakes Ames and Oliver Ames."