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The Day of the Great Debate

The Day of the Great Debate

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.

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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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