Now & Then Volume 1, 2023 | Page 22

FROM THE PAST to the present


As time passes , our communities change . New businesses ebb and flow from brick and mortar storefronts . Neighborhoods expand with community growth . New life is breathed into old , historic buildings and homes . Historical markers remain to remind us of the past . Sometimes , things stay the same .
See what has changed ( or stayed the same ) in our communities over the last 80-plus years .


A fire broke out at the Ottumwa Theater ( foreground ) in 1941 , and the theater was rebuilt . The theaters were located next to each other on East Main Street . Both have been sold , and the Capitol Theater is set to become upper-story loft apartments in the near future .
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