Ottawa is a city rich in history going back to the 1820s. It was the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate and even a famous Civil War general was from Ottawa. The city has an enormous heritage in its churches, schools and neighborhoods and has created impressive strength in its business and industry over the years.
Ottawa also has contributed more than its share of service in the defense of the nation. The I&M Canal, Reddick Mansion, the appellate court, the LaSalle County Courthouse, the Tent Colony, the nearby shipyard and glass factories, the rivers and the area state parks all have been important and unique parts that comprise Ottawa.
Highlights of Ottawa include:
• Early Ottawa
• People and Places
• Churches and Schools
• Sports and Recreation
• War and Remembrance
• Business and Industry
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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