Ottumwa


Ottumwa
/euh tum"weuh/, n.
a city in SE Iowa, on the Des Moines River. 27,381.

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      city, seat (1844) of Wapello county, southeastern Iowa, U.S., on the Des Moines River, about 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Oskaloosa. It was laid out in 1843 during a land rush when the region was opened to settlers. Originally called Appanoose Rapids, the name was changed to Louisville and Ottumwanoc before being shortened to Ottumwa. Ottumwa is said to be derived from an Algonquian (Fox) word meaning “rippling waters,” although it may simply mean “town.” Following a damaging flood (1947), the city recovered its position as a commercial and manufacturing centre with a successful locally financed program of self-help.

      Meatpacking and the manufacture of farm equipment are the chief industries. Ottumwa has a campus of Indian Hills Community College (1966). The city's former airport is the site of the Airpower Museum, which displays a large collection of antique airplanes and artifacts from early aviation. Lake Wapello State Park is to the southwest near Drakesville, and the house that was used for Grant Wood (Wood, Grant)'s painting American Gothic (1930) is in Eldon to the southeast. Inc. town, 1851; city, 1857. Pop. (1990) 24,488; (2000) 24,998.

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