DID YOU KNOW THAT ...
For many years touring steam boats cruised from pier to pier at Cedar Lake?
The Lowell High School football team won 27 games in a row from 1935 to 1938 and that one of the players was an All-American by the name of Corby Davis?
An early Lowell ordinance (1871) ruled that the town marshal would receive 17¢ per head for impounding roaming cattle?
The Town of North Hayden began in 1905 when the railroad came? Pioneer Hayden families were there decades earlier, settling in 1837 in West Creek Township. In the early days of the town, the road which is now Indiana 2, went up and over the railroad crossing.
With aid from Melvin Halsted, a Baptist Church was built at Lowell in 1857? The site was the northeast corner of Main and Mill Streets, where an office building is at the present, built in 1907 by the Presbyterian Church.
In 1900 it was the duty of the town marshal to blow the steam whistle at the steam powered electric plant on Liberty Street for the 8:30 p.m. curfew.
There was an 800-seat theatre building at the site of the present Southern Baptist Church. It was first called the Taylor, and in later decades, the Grand Theatre. It was demolished in 1935 (southeast corner of Jefferson and Clark Streets).
An early law in Lowell prohibited ball playing on Clark Street and at the public square?
Water toboggans were popular at many of the swimming places around Cedar Lake? The tall towers could be seen in many directions. The sleds on rollers would speed down the incline to skip on the waves below.
On June 5, 1871, the Lowell Town Board ruled that going swimming in the nude in daylight would be prohibited? The fine was not to be more than three collars.
The famous Dr. Scholl's shoe repair tools are on display at the Lake of the Red Cedars Museum at Cedar Lake?
In 1892 Lowell town officials ordered the fencing of the public square? The specifications included cedar posts and two inch gas pipe.
A Revolutionary War veteran is buried at the Meyer Manor Mound Cemetery at Cedar Lake? He's William Van Gorder (1758-1840).
A long historical pageant was presented during Lowell's centennial year of 1952?
In the year 1822 all the land north of the Wabash River was owned by the Native Americans? The last of the Lake County land was sold by treaty in 1832, two years before pioneers began to settle.
The Chamber of Commerce office at the southwest corner of Fremont and Commercial was for many years the Lowell Town Hall? All the town officials were there, the police station, the fire station (only two fire trucks) and the jail, besides an upstairs hall for special events.
The building to the west of the Chamber building was built in 1891 for the Wiggin's Bank? A story is told that the Wiggins brothers left town on a dark night with the money.
After the big fire of 1898, which burned many of the frame business buildings in Lowell, the new structures were made of brick, mainly from the Clark brick yard on the west side of town.
The 16 original lots in the Town of Lowell in the area of Main, Mill, Jefferson and Clark Streets were all the same size, and all had alleys for access to barns?
Few remember that townspeople would pause and remove their hats as a funeral procession passed by?
Lemon Lake County Park on the Cedar Lake-Crown Point road was dedicated in August of 1972?
The E.J. Lauerman grocery at Cook (now a part of Cedar Lake) paid 85¢ for a dozen cans of Black Beauty Shoe Polish in 1917? A dozen pails of Plow Boy Chewing Tobacco cost $4.75 wholesale.
Armour and Paisley were rail stations on the Monon Railroad at Cedar Lake? Armour was to the north, Paisley was south.
In 1911 Fred Hayden of Lowell advertised "modern lighting, acetylene gas"?
The price of silent moving pictures at the old Opera House in Lowell in 1911 was 10¢ for adults and 5¢ for children? The Opera House, at the northeast corner of Mill and Commercial, burned down in 1976.
Very interesting programs are enjoyed at the monthly meeting of the Three Creeks Historical Association? Meetings are at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Lowell Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month. (Refreshments also.)
A large, ornamental cast iron horse tank and fountain once stood in front of the old State Bank building in downtown Lowell? Horses drank from the street side, townspeople from the sidewalk.
The four rivers in our county are the Grand Calumet, Little Calumet, Deep River and the "Home of the Wolves," the Kankakee?
The German Methodist Church building that once stood on US 41 south of Cedar Lake was moved to the village of Creston in 1876? It was used as a store building by James Reebe and is now a private residence.
The big grain elevator built in the early 1880's at Creston by Adelbert Palmer burned to the ground in 1906? At the time of the fire, the elevator was owned by Marshall Nichols.
In the year 1933, nearly 1,000 miles of country roads existed in Lake County? There was a school population of 68,279.
During the year 1934 records were broken for high temperatures, extreme drought, and a disastrous loss of farm crops? There was a serious menace to dairying, due to the lack of pasturage and production of food.
Chief Simon Pokagon (1830-1899), the last Chief of the Potawatomi tribe, was born in Indiana and attended Notre Dame for three years? He mastered the English language and wrote many stories about the Native Americans. Quoting the well-known chief: "Often in the stillness of the night, when all of nature seems asleep about me, there comes a gentle rapping at the door of my heart. I open it and a voice inquires, 'Pokagon, what of your people? What will be their future?' My answer is, mortal man has not the power to draw aside the veil of unborn time to tell the future of his race. That gift belongs to the Divine alone. But it is given to him [mortal man] to judge closely the future by the present and the past."
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