A unique city with an intriguing name. “Ottumwa” is said to be derived from an Algonquian (Fox) word meaning “rippling waters”. We are a community built on the banks of the Des Moines River. Ottumwa is one of Iowa’s many railroad and coal boomtowns that weathered the storm and survived. Today, Ottumwa’s economy is more closely aligned with it’s agricultural roots- livestock and machinery- with healthcare and manufacturing also contributing to the community’s well-being.