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About OttawaNicknamed “The Town of Two Rivers” for its proximity to the Illinois and Fox rivers, Ottawa boasts two town squares dating from the 1800s, historic architecture and ample recreational opportunities.

The town's Washington Square is where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas held a senatorial debate on Aug. 21, 1858. Surrounded by examples of Greek Revival, Italianate and English High Gothic architecture, the square continues to be used for entertainment gatherings. The Main Street district offers antiques, specialty stores and outdoor murals.

Visitor Centers Ottawa Visitors Center 1028 La Salle St. Ottawa, IL 61350. Phone:(815)434-2737

Self-guiding ToursInformation about walking tours of the historic district is available at the visitor center.

Things to Do Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

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Ottawa, IL

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