Introduction to Ottawa, Illinois
Ottawa was incorporated in 1853. The first Lincoln-Douglas debate was held in historic Washington Square in Ottawa on August 21, 1858. The city actively participated in the abolitionist movement, and the house of John Hossack served as the Underground Railroad station. Ottawa is also the site of the famous abduction of 1859 where prominent civic leaders, such as John Hossack, James Stou, and Dr. Joseph Stout, abducted a runaway slave named Jim Gray from the courthouse.
Ottawa and nearby Attractions
- Buffalo Rock State Park
- Starved Rock State Park
- Ottawa Scouting Museum
- Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail
- LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Things To Do In Ottawa
In Ottawa, you can visit the Lincoln-Douglas Park, Peck Park, Walsh Park, Allen Park, Varland Park, Kiwanis Park, and Rigden Park. The city is the scenic gateway to the Starved Rock State Park. You can also spend your leisure at Skydive Chicago, one of the largest skydiving operations in the United States. Shopping can be enjoyed at the South Towne Mall Shopping Center. You can also visit the Ottawa Scouting Museum and Reddick Mansion.
The nearest airport is Greater Rockford Airport.
Ottawa Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are provided by Illinois Valley Community College, University of St Francis, Waubonsee Community College, and Joliet Junior College.