NEW WINTER TOUR

Hidden Caves & Forgotten Graveyards

Click below for more information

IMG_2876.JPG
Lincoln_Douglas.jpg

Where History Was Made

Ottawa, Illinois is the site of the first Lincoln Douglas Debate. Historians have traditionally regarded this series of seven debates between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln during the 1858 Illinois state election campaign as among the most significant statements in American political history. See the location and feel what it must have been like to be in the crowd of over 10,000 spectators.

Learn more ➝

IMG_1877.JPG
fullsizeoutput_1a95.jpeg

Historic Preservation Abounds

From the Greek Revival Appellate Court Building to the splendidly restored Italianate Reddick Mansion, history and lore surround you in Ottawa. You will hear the history and the present of our many historic strutures.

Learn more ➝

Ottawa11 (5).jpg

Beauty Everywhere!

Ottawa, Illinois has been a winning contestant of America in Bloom for multiple years. Ride the historic trails, the scenic roads and lush beautiful parks on our O-Town Cruisers.

IMG_1878.JPG
fullsizeoutput_2ea.jpeg

From Indians to

Explorers...

to pioneers, Ottawa has been host to many diverse peoples.

Ottawa, Illinois is the gateway to Starved Rock Country.

Our history is long and significant. Ottawa was instrumental in the creation of Illinois and United States Expansion in the west.

 
Radium Girls.jpg

Ottawa’s Darker Past, Radium Girls Memorial

Native Americans were the ones to first reccognize the viability of Starved Rock Country.  Pioneers followed. From the philanthropist, William Reddick to the infamous Charles Ford, they all played a part in shaping the confluence of the Fox and Illinois Rivers.

 
CANAL.gif

I & M Canal

John Hossack Mill

With the compleation of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, industry thrived. At the same time the Illinois State Supreme Court, Appelate Court and LaSalle County Courthouse kept Ottawa bustling and hotels on every corner, full.

 
58d031c936564.image.jpg

Our Past is Our Future

With an eye on industry and a landscape for tourism the future of Ottawa and Starved Rock Country is beaming.

IMG_0597.jpg