Lowden Historical Society Museum and Library
503 Main Street, Lowden
Open by appointment.
Contact Mrs. Ruth Kruckenberg (563) 944-7700
P.O. Box 15, Lowden, IA 52255
THE LOWDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY was organized in 1973. The Acquisition of the old Lowden Depot and its subsequent restoration was one of its first projects, especially since the railroad played such a significant role in the development of our community. Older buildings such as the Depot were no longer practical and were found to be available after a considerable amount of negotiating and correspondence with railroad officials. Financing of the project and finding a new site were also items to be considered.
Membership to the Lowden Historical Society is $15.00 per person. (Jan.-Dec.)
In January of 1976, notification was received that a grant of $1,200 from the Iowa American Revolution Bicentennial Commission was available, to be used for the renovation of the Lowden Depot as a Historical Center. Other monetary contributions supplemented the above amount, enabling the project to become a reality.
For a fee of $1.00 the depot became the property of the Lowden Historical Society on October 1, 1976. With much volunteer help the building was dismantled at its site at the end of McKinley Avenue and stored at various farms. The 20’ x 46’ cement slab was poured at the new location in the City Park in late 1976. In the spring of 1977, reconstruction of this community landmark began, and was completed shortly thereafter. It now stands as a meeting place for the Lowden Historical Society and also serves as a repository of items of local historical value.
As we sit in the building we can be reminded of the bustling activity that once took place here, look to the big freight doors through which tons of merchandise and mail passed. As well as the bay window where the agent had his vantage point.
Many are the stories which have unfolded at our quarterly meetings, as well as the talks and visual presentations made by local folk and visiting speakers. These are assembled in written form and appear in each yearly report, available to members or the general public. What an interesting way to spend four evenings a year in company with others who are intent on preserving our community’s past. Wouldn’t you like to join us?
Meetings are held at the Historical Society’s building
four times a year on the last Thursday of the
months of January, April, July and October,
at 7:00 p.m.
For more information or for research assistance, please contact
Ruth Kruckenberg, Secretary, Lowden Historical Society
P.O. Box 15, Lowden, IA 52255
BOOKS FOR SALE
We Remember When, Our Tribute to America’s Bicentennial
Compiled by Lowden Historical Society, Lowden, Iowa 1976
A Collection of Articles Submitted by Present and Former Residents of Lowden and Surrounding Community.
Beyond A Century. A History of the Years 1957-1982. Celebration of Lowden’s 125 years.
Full Steam Ahead, Lowden Iowa 1857-2007