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Lowell Town

Lowell Town Hall is located at 501 East Main Street, Lowell, IN 46356; phone: 219-696-7794.

Melvin A. Halstead House, ca. 1850, 201 East Main Street, Lowell, IN, National Regisgter

Photo: Melvin A. Halstead House, ca. 1850, 201 East Main Street, Lowell, IN. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Photographed by User:Nyttend (own work), 2011, [cc0-by-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed November, 2012.

Beginnings [1]

  • 1835—Samuel Halstead made claim to the area. His cabin was the first building in Lowell
  • 1843—First outlet post office was established near Lowell High School
  • 1848—M.A. Halstead erects a saw mill on the property known as "Mill Seat"
  • 1852—First grade school building constructed; also doubled as a church (located at the intersection of Clark St. and Commercial Ave.)
  • 1852—Jonah Thorn opens the first business, a small hotel, general store, and tavern in Lowell
  • 1853—M. A. Halstead constructs a flour mill (located on Jefferson Street); the mill was powered by water from the dam located on Main Street and was in use for approximately fifteen years.
  • 1855—A clothing and general store was opened on Commercial Ave.
  • 1860—Perry Clark opened a brickyard on the north side of Main Street.
  • 1861—The "Union House" hotel was opened in old school house
  • 1862—Brick school house constructed at the intersection of Main and Union streets (cost $8,000); the school was considered the largest and best school in the county
  • 1864—Lowell begins its first daily mail service
  • 1864—Stagecoach routes between Lowell and Crown Point started
  • 1868—The largest building was erected; three stories high, it served as a wool mill and later a grist mill (cost $8,000)
  • 1869—First Town Marshall was appointed.
  • 1872—The Lowell Star was published by E.R. Beebe (or Beebie)
  • 1880—The Monon Rail line constructed through Lowell and connected the city to Louisville, New Albany, and Chicago
  • 1881—A grain elevator and grist mill constructed across from the depot
  • 1885—The Lowell Tribune established
  • 1896—In November, the men of Lowell organized a cooperative group to protect their properties in the event of a fire
  • 1898—On October 4th a fire destroyed many Lowell businesses on the north side of Commercial Ave.
  • 1898—Town Marshall begins day and night watches for fire protection in the business district
  • 1904—First state charter received for Volunteer Fire Department
  • 1904—Small library contains 500 books
  • 1915—High school built on Oakley Street (now part of middle school)
  • 1916—First fire truck purchased
  • 1917—Lowell Library organized
  • 1920—The first public library was established and a Carnegie library building was built on the town square
  1. Ball State University Community Based Projects for the Town of Lowell, Town of Lowell Comprehensive Plan, 0000,, accessed April, 2014.
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