Information about Ottumwa, IA and the small, locally-owned businesses located there.

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A little about Ottumwa

Ottumwa is a city of growth and prosperity, dedicated to making the most of its history to promote a successful future. What began as a river town in 1851 has since evolved into a hub for cultural and commercial development. Currently, approximately 25,000 people reside in Ottumwa with a county population of 35,000. Residents are attracted to the low cost of living, abundant choices in recreation and entertainment, and outstanding education and healthcare facilities.

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The history of Ottumwa

The young town was severely damaged during the Flood of 1851. In 1857, coal was being mined from the McCready bank, a site along Bear Creek four miles west of Ottumwa. In 1868, Brown and Godfrey opened a drift mine four miles northwest of town. By 1872, Brown and Godfrey employed 300 men and had an annual production of 77,000 tons. In 1880, the Phillips Coal and Mining Company opened a mine two miles northwest of town. In subsequent years, they opened 5 more shafts in the Phillips and Rutledge neighborhoods, just north of Ottumwa.The Phillips number 5 shaft was 140 feet deep, with a 375 horse power steam hoist. By 1889, the state mine inspector’s report listed 15 mine shafts in Ottumwa.In 1914, the Phillips Fuel Company produced over 100,000 tons of coal, ranking among the top 24 coal producers in the state. Coal mining was so important to the local economy that, from 1890 to 1892, the Coal Palace was erected in Ottumwa as an exhibition center.

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Ottumwa, Iowa
52501

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Businesses in Ottumwa, Iowa

Here is a collection of local Ottumwa, Iowa businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

Construction / Trades Lodging Medical / Pharmacy Restaurants Shopping

 

Yates & Yates Glass Co

Construction / Trades

We make your vision a reality

 

Hotel Ottumwa

Lodging

Located in historic downtown Ottumwa

 

Plum Panache'

Lodging

Gracious hospitality awaits you

 

South Side Rexall Drug

Medical / Pharmacy

Your home town pharmacy

 

Brick House Grill

Restaurants

A fun and casual grill for lunch and dinner

 

Morgan's Corner Bar & Grill

Restaurants

Your neighborhood bar and grill

 

Sirloin Stockade

Restaurants

Doing it right since 1988

 

Double C Cowboy Country

Shopping

A full line western store

 

McGregors Furniture

Shopping

Today's styles at yesterdays prices

 

The Bridal Cottage

Shopping

Your Happily Ever After begins at The Bridal Cottage