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Statistics & Facts

The Iowa state capital is Des Moines.
The population of Ottumwa is approximately 24,488 (1990), 25023 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 10,912 (1990), 10251 (2010).
The amount of land area in Ottumwa is 40.614 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 1.745 sq kilometers.
The distance from Ottumwa to Washington DC is 857 miles.
The distance to the Iowa state capital is 74 miles. (as the crow flies)
Ottumwa is positioned 41.01 degrees north of the equator and 92.41 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in southeastern Iowa in the Des Moines River Valley.
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History & History Related Items

The city of Ottumwa developed in the 1840's near where several Fox and Sac Indian villages were located. The city itself climbs in and out of the river valley, providing scenic vistas and hill-hugging streets.

The Ottumwa Iowa Historic Preservation Commission maintains a Web site that includes a Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Ottumwa, Iowa. The Web site also has descriptions and pictures of four historic districts in Ottumwa that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Our walking tour of Ottumwa begins in Central Park(1), located at the foot of North Court Street, between Third and Fourth Streets. Central Park(2) was the heart of the city as originally platted in 1843.
Court Hill Historic District
A great page with lots of pictures.
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Airpower Museum, Inc.
22001 Bluegrass Rd.
10 miles west of Ottumwa, northeast of Blakesburg
9-5 weekdays, 10-5 Sat. and 1-5 Sun; closed major holidays.

The Beach Ottumwa
101 Church St.
11-7 daily, summer; 6:30-8 p.m. daily, winter.

The Fascination Station
104 S. Market
1-5 Sun.-Fri., 10-5 Sat., year-round; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and July 4.

Pioneer Ridge Nature Area and Nature Center
6 miles south of Ottumwa on Hwy. 63
8-4:30 Mon.-Fri., year-round.

Wapello County Historical Museum
210 W. Main St.
10-4 Tue.-Sat., 1-4 Sun., year-round; closed major holidays.
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