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Ottawa Canal Town ~ Arts & Garden

Ottawa Canal Town ~ Arts & Garden

Ottawa Canal Town

909 Clinton Street Ottawa IL 61350 Phone: 815-214-2123

Description

Photo of Ottawa Canal Town

Designed and painted by: Gregory Ackers

The Erie or the Panama may have been bigger or longer, but the Illinois and Michigan Canal joins those ambitious public works projects in shaping the region in which it was built. Designed as a vital link in the interstate transportation system, the I&M became the first and most ambitious of the state’s internal improvements.

The canal meant goods and grain could be shipped efficiently and that lumber and supplies vital to the settlement of Ottawa could be transported here. It attracted settlers and land speculators who became some of the area’s leading citizens.

Also attracted by the promise of life in the west were thousands of laborers, mostly Irish immigrants, who built the canal and chose to stay in the area. Their life was a hard one. Begun in 1836 and completed 12 years later just as the railroads were expanding as passenger routes, the canal never reached its full potential. During 75 years of operation, however, it shaped Ottawa and other towns along its route. Now a popular hiking and biking trail, it continues to be a vital part of the region.

 

 

 

 

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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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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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