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Abraham Lincoln/ Stephen Douglas Debate Site ~ Attractions

Abraham Lincoln/ Stephen Douglas Debate Site ~ Attractions

Abraham Lincoln/ Stephen Douglas Debate Site

Washington Square Park Ottawa IL 51350 Phone: 815-434-2737

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The first Lincoln-Douglas senatorial debate was held in Ottawa’s historic Washington Square on August 21, 1858. Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas stood in this beautiful park to deliver the first of seven senatorial debates. It was estimated that 20,000 spectators gathered to witness this famous debate. The site of the debate is marked by a boulder and plaque, and a fountain topped by bronze statues of the “Railsplitter” and “The Little Giant” forms the centerpiece of the beautifully landscaped square.

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Ottawa's Appellate Court building, built in 1860, is one of many in the area to be made out of Joliet limestone, along with a beautiful red brick compliment. There was a group of local men who were commissioned by the state to find a location for a new Supreme Court building. One member of this group was none other than William Reddick.
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Beautiful view from Buffalo Rock  looking over the Illinois River. Whether you hike or boat, this should be on your list of to do. 

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Cars and stripes - LaSalle County Cruisers car show. Downtown Ottawa, IL

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The downtown sidewalk plantings are so lush and beautiful this time of year!

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President Lincoln has been making his rounds in downtown Ottawa! Have you been able to find him and get your pictures taken?

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Another beautiful day in a beautiful place!
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New benches aren’t usually exciting... but then again, new benches aren’t usually “Benchausarus”
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