The town we live in an hour an a half south of Chicago over here across the border is called Lowell, Indiana. The third grade in the town takes a walking tour of it each year because of the history it represents. Dating back to 1850, the town was once a hub for people on their way to Chicago. My son's group had the last tour of it's kind which included the old middle school which has since been torn down. Let's take a walk shall we?
From the back of my son's school, we went through a field and a parking lot to see the old Lowell School built in 1914. It was last used as the middle school but was originally the high school graduating classes as early as 1919.
|Built in 1914|
Imagine how majestic this building must have looked back in the days when they were still riding horses to and from school..
From the school, we made our way on to the main road through town where we discovered what some of the buildings originally were including a salon that was a circa 1900 bank and rumored to be one of the last robberies of John Dillinger.
In between a couple of the buildings pictured above, you will find this sundries sign pointing you north to Chicago. I hope they continue to refresh this sign as long as it needs it.
|Original Fire House|
A couple blocks north of our current 'main' street otherwise known as Route 2 is the old Main Street where you will find the original Lowell Public School built in 1896. This building has been vacant for years and somehow continues to avoid being demolished.
|Built in 1896|
Our last stop was a couple blocks west on Main Street to visit the historic Halsted House built in 1850 which I could easily do an entire post on. Mr. Halsted is responsible for the railroad coming through from Chicago which also helped in it being the booming city that it was.
|Halsted House Built in 1850|
Today, Lowell is a quiet little town with old buildings and shops with odd hours. Many are family owned with a few unsupported shops have been closed altogether just in recent years. I would love with my extra million dollars, to be able to open a coffee shop that would thrive - I just don't know where I would be able to put a drive-thru.
I love the small town feel and all the history that comes with it.
What is your favorite part of the town you live in?