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The Ottumwa Auto Company Building at 313-315 E . Second St . “ The size of the building is notable , as it appears to be one of the first large buildings constructed in Ottumwa specifically to serve as an auto garage ,” read Courier archives on the district .
The Continental Oil Station building at 303 E . Second St . is not only unique in that it was built as a service station , but also in style — English cottage popular for homes only occasionally for business . It was built in 1930 , making it one of the newer buildings in the district . “ While many of the buildings in the district were constructed well before cars became commonplace on Ottumwa roads , this one distinctly reflects the increasing popularity of the automobile in the early 20th century ,” according to information in the Courier archives that was pulled from the district ’ s
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