An Ottumwa Courier Publication Volume 3 | 2021
4 Introduction to Historic Preservation
5 National Register of Historic Places listing
8 Ottumwa Cemetery Historic District 10 Vogel Place Historic
District 12 Court Hill Historic
District 14 Fifth Street Bluff
Historic District 16 North Fellows Avenue Historic District
18 Railroad Historic District
21 Greater Second Street Historic District
Publisher Ron Gutierrez
Editor Tracy Goldizen
Photographs Tracy Goldizen Ottumwa Courier archives Maps of districts are screenshots of Google Maps from meetottumwa . org
Advertising Sales Jodi German Tyler Goodell Liz Techel
Graphic Design Stephen Peters Shane Yahn
We Are Ottumwa is a publication of the Ottumwa Courier , 213 E . Second St ., Ottumwa , Iowa 52501 ; 641-684-4611 , news @ ottumwacourier . com
Cover photo : A shot of the 1930 steam engine that sits in Ballingal Park in the Historic Railroad District .
Bringing history to the forefront
Ottumwa is full of history , there ’ s no denying that .
But over the last several years , that history has become more prominent . The town is home to not only several places listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places , but also seven districts that are so historical they ’ ve been added as well .
For this year ’ s edition of We Are Ottumwa , we decided to bring you a breakdown of each of those districts . Much of the information came from Ottumwa ’ s Historic Treasures , a 2013 report compiled by the Ottumwa Historical Preservation Commission , nomination papers and Courier archives . The documents may seem dated , but the history behind them remains the same .
As we prepared this piece , I got the chance to visit each district to gather photos . It was also a chance to soak in some history of my community as I did so . I was on a tight schedule , so I didn ’ t get the chance to enjoy them as much as I would have .
However , it wasn ’ t that long ago that I didn ’ t even know these districts existed . I was present for the dedication of Greater Second Street , but other than that had little exposure to them .
The current HPC is changing that . Neighborhood meetings have recently been held in the four residential districts . Signage has been posted to mark the areas . Luminary tours of different districts have been planned several times , but Mother Nature often had something else to say .
If you do get the chance to take a guided tour , do so . If not , take your own . It ’ s like a trip back in time .
Tracy Goldizen Editor , We Are Ottumwa
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