Favorite thing: Ottawa remains a thriving community today, and though its Main Street historic district is difficult to beat, it relies less on tourism than local industry to remain alive. Though situated roughly thirty miles south of the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Ottawa University has a remarkable campus (with one building making the National Register of Historic Places). In other words, Ottawa features small-town life but there is always a lot going on.
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Favorite thing: Though most of the buildings along Main Street now support modern businesses, the entire historic district seems authentic in every particular. Some facades are faded and lackluster, but the majority still retain their original facades and coloration, and the dates of construction can usually be traced from the second or third stories. Ottawa's Main Street area is hard to beat anywhere in the United States.
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Fondest memory: Forest Park is one of many nice parks in Ottawa. A few years ago I attended the Kansas Sampler Festival here. The Sampler Fest is a festival to celebrate things to see and do in Kansas. It moves to a new city every couple of years. If I can find pics from the Sampler Fest I'll add them to this page at a later date. The festival is one of my fondest memories from Ottawa.
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