Ottawa is located in the LaSalle County, in the State of Illinois. As the county seat, Ottawa has a growing population which numbers approximately 18,790 inhabitants. The city of Ottawa combined with the city of Streator form a Micropolitan Statistical Area. Ottawa has many nicknames such as: "Radium City", "The Friendly City", "The City on Sand" and "The Town of Two Rivers".
The Reddick Mansion and Gardens in Ottawa is one of the landmark estates of the community. This is a beautiful building, designed in a sumptuous and classic architectural style. The mansion can be visited by tourists through the available tours placed at their disposition. It can also be used as a place for hosting various events of a more sophisticated manner. The mansion includes a gift shop, from which you can buy the best souvenirs related to the city.
The Starved Rock State Park is a piece of history and of natural elements near Ottawa. The first settlements of the park were noted to be of the Native American tribes. Nowadays, the park is used as one of the largest natural areas in the region. People come here looking for a great place to spend some time in the fresh air outdoors, to admire beautiful natural elements and landscapes and learn a bit of history. The park includes archaeological sites such as: the Starved Rock, the Corbin Farm, the Little Beaver, the Shaky Shelter, the Plaza Hotel and so on.
The Ottawa Scouting Museum is dedicated to the founder of the Boy Scouts of America group and city resident, William D. Boyce. The museum holds collections dedicated to the beginnings of this group and to their development over the years. Events and celebrations are planned by the museum to offer people a good time in a perfect setting.
The Norsk Museum is located in an old Norwegian Lutheran Church and it is dedicated the European settlers that formed the regions around Ottawa and Norway, Illinois. The collections featured are made out of artifacts donated by the oldest families that have inhabited the area.