Ottawa Main Street Association

Welcome to Historic Ottawa, Kansas!

Founded along the Marais des Cygnes River more than 159 years ago, our thriving little town boasts a distinctive blend of architectural styles that include Gothic, Renaissance, Victorian, and Art Deco. Downtown Ottawa’s Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and continues to be the heart and soul of our city.

It’s here that you will find a rich history of freedom, commerce, agriculture, and trade that laid the foundation for who we are today. Historic downtown Ottawa is a destination featuring locally-owned businesses, salons, boutique shopping, unique restaurants, and museums. We are proud to have the Oldest Cinema in the World, the oldest surviving George P. Washburn courthouse in the state, and to be at the heart of where the Prairie Spirit Trail and the Flint Hills Trail State Park trails intersect; unleashing over 170 miles of outdoor recreational options.

We invite you to explore our site and our town to see all that we have to offer!

Upcoming Events

We have events for everyone in the family! Check our Community Calendar for our Main Street events, festivals, and other community events.

Event Calendar

Explore our Local Businesses

Downtown Ottawa is filled with a lively mix of boutiques, locally-owned restaurants, entertainment options, and more so you can gather, shop, eat, and play here.

Shop, Eat & Play

Local News & Announcements

Check out our blog for local news and announcements concerning Ottawa and Franklin County.

Read our Blog

May 4th Kentucky Derby Piccadilly Tickets now available!

Join us on May 4th, for the first Annual Kentucky Derby Piccadilly and Brunch hosted by the Ottawa Main Street Association. This fun, interactive evening will be held at the beautiful Lincon Event Space. Get your tickets NOW while you still have time. CLICK HERE for tickets.

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