Awesome Ottawa Tours
Starved Rock Country’s Only Guided history Tours
We add FUN to the beauty and history of Ottawa!
Our Fall/Winter Tours are designed to enhance your trip to Starved Rock Country.
“Wine Through Time” and visit our roaring 20’s with this proabition era tour. Visit four of our best “watering holes” and hear the creative ways we survived prohibition. The bootleggers hiding places, the gambling dens and the brothels were plentiful during this dark time.
“Indian Burial Mounds & Forgotten Graveyards” brings you face to face with the hardship and tragedy of our pioneers. We visit 8,000 year old Indian Burial mounds, three pioneer graveyards lost to time and The Ottawa Aveneue Cemetery which holds secrets to our past.
temperance be damned on this adventure!
Let’s “Wine Through Time” as we dive into the sordid past of gambling, brothels and booze in Starved Rock Country and Ottawa, Illinois. Enjoy a libation at our best “watering holes” as we relive a bawdy time in Ottawa.
Plus more, while surrounded by an America in Bloom City and a Downtown on the Register of Historic Places.
You’ll feel like a pioneering local after our tours
From stoic Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln & Douglas Debates to the sad events of the Radium Girls, Ottawa has seen many highs and lows. We were designed as a government city at the end of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, expediting the statehood of Illinois.
We’ve found the history that was lost to time.
We hold nothing back! We share the good, bad & Ugly.
In the 1830’s the Illinois & Michigan Canal made us a boon town with all the good, bad & ugly that can come with that growth. Awesome Ottawa Tours shares the real, true & sometimes unflattering history of Starved Rock Country. See where Alson Woodruff executed the massacre that ended the Irish Rebellion on the I&M Canal. Hear the gruesome story of David Moore found bludgeoned to death in Allen Park. Then the investigation, arrest and subsequent hanging of his murderers.Don’t just visit Ottawa, Illinois dive in, roll around, breath it in!