"One of Kansas' Finest Towns" Ottawa by mrclay2000

Ottawa Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 50 photos

Main Street USA At Its Best

Kansas is one of the nation's leading states for preserving its old historic quarters. Almost every town in the Sunflower State has a long stand of Victorian-era and earlier buildings, some still serving the same purpose as when they were founded.

Ottawa was born just after the Civil War and today its Main Street bears facades dating as early as 1879. Block after historic block along the main drag looks as it did in the 1880s. A historic and finely-crafted courthouse, several examples of good church architecture, and a wealth of history make Ottawa an easy and profitable strike from the larger towns of Topeka and Kansas City.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Most wonders lie around the historic city center
  • In a nutshell:Full of the splendors of the Midwest and Americana
  • Last visit to Ottawa: Oct 2003
  • Intro Written Oct 26, 2003
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2003 at 3:23 AM

    It is indeed a little jewel of a town.

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2003 at 8:42 PM

    Is Geoge Washburn the architect any relation to the founder of Washburn College in Topeka? Enquiring minds want to know.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2003 at 7:58 PM

    Just love the Dietrich Cabin. What a great place to be able to visit. You have been so lucky to do so. Thanks Mike for sharing all this with us!

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2003 at 5:58 PM

    Nice to see the preservation of so many historic buildings. Did you see the interiors?

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2003 at 4:06 PM

    Someday mrclay himself will be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2003 at 6:21 AM

    When I saw you working on this page I thought it was Ottawa in Canada at first, lol. Great page Mike!! I never heard of this Ottawa before, but it looks great!! The main street looks wonderful!


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