Designed and painted by: Joshua Winer
Ottawans regularly marched in parades, cheered for them or stood transfixed along the route as the city hosted this most universal of celebrations. Parades brought people together, and brought them to a vibrant and bustling downtown.
Artist Joshua Winer envisioned a parade as a means of populating Ottawa’s unique architectural landscape. He wove prominent citizens and familiar faces in to the painting as marchers or bystanders. Mayor Phil Bailey doffs his top hat, and State’s Attorney Harland Warren raises his hand in a wave. Warren gained prominence during the area’s most
notorious murder case, the Starved Rock Murders.
Along the route are Ottawa residents who, then and now, have enriched our community and given Ottawa its distinctive character. The muralist captured a pivotal decade which was defined by a mixture of complacency and unrest. Ottawa, like America, emerged from the decade stronger, wiser and ready to sprint forward into the 21st century!
LaSalle & Madison Street Northeast corner Ottawa IL 61350
Location: La Salle St & W Jackson St
Artist: Don Gray
In artist Don Gray’s rendition, Lincoln and Douglas dramatically address the crowd gathered to hear them. News that the great Senator Douglas would appear in Ottawa caused a great sensation. Politics was more than a spectator sport for men of the day, and political rallies were festive events filled with medicine hawkers, hog roasts, parades and lively debate off the speakers’ platform as well as on it. Audience members heckled and cheered “their man” on the platform, and the orators gave back as good as they got in repartee! The unknown Lincoln would emerge from the seven debates a standard-bearer for the Republican Party, and the momentum would carry him to the White House (against his opponent Douglas) two years later. Also shown on the stand is Owen Lovejoy of Princeton, brother of Elijah Lovejoy, abolitionist, legislator and friend of Lincoln.
LaSalle & West Jackson Street Ottawa IL 61350
1028 LaSalle Street Ottawa IL 61350
A splendid example of Greek Revival architecture, the central portion of the then-State Supreme Court building was completed in 1860 at a cost of $29,630. The building was built to house the State Supreme Court, which initially met in Ottawa, Mount Vernon and Springfield. Today Ottawa is the seat of the Third Appellate Court District, which serves 21 northern Illinois counties.l
1004 Columbus Street Ottawa IL 61350
1600 W. Jackson Street Ottawa IL 61350
Basketball Court, Play Equipment, Shelter
2832 Turnberry Drive Ottawa IL 61350
Amenities: Ball Diamonds, Benches, Concessions, Play Equipment, Shelter, Washrooms. Restrooms and concessions are available seasonally.
310 E. McKinley Road Ottawa IL 61350
Amenities: Ball Diamond, Basketball Courts, Benches, 3 Grills, Horse Shoes, Picnic Tables, Play Equipment, 4 Shelters, Volleyball, Walking Trails
509 Bellevue Avenue Ottawa IL 61350
In the center of the park a memorial commemorates the location of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate on August 21, 1858, with heoric sized bronze statues complete with a reflecting pool. Discover all the treasures hidden in this beautifully maintained park. Come to the Visitors Center to receive a Heritage Tour Book.
Between Lafayette and Jackson Street and LaSalle Ottawa IL 61350