Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Downtown Ottawa 1912

Downtown Ottawa 1912?

By 1912 when this image of downtown Ottawa, Kansas was taken, Ottawa had electric lighting, a waterworks and telephone system, several grain elevators and flour mills, furniture factories, a large creamery, brick and tile factories, several machine shops and a soap factory. Two years earlier in 1910, it recorded a population of 7,650.

There were three city parks: Forest Park, to the north of the river; College Park, on the south bank; and the court-house park occupying the city block on Main between Third and Fourth streets.

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