Mudtown Days is a festival held each year in Lowell, celebrating the city’s deep rooted Lowell heritage. The event is slated for June 7th and 8th at Ward Nail Park in Lowell.
The 2 day event is fun-filled, held annually in June. The event offers a parade, fishing derby, car show, carnival, atv and side-by-side mud run, free concerts, beer garden, First Tee golf event, vendor booths, talent show, magic show, BINGO, pageants and so much more!
John Michael Montgomery, 4 time winner of the ACM’s will play a free live concert on June 8th.
Learn more about the Lowell Schedules 43rd Annual Mudtown Days on their FACEBOOK PAGE.
The City now known as Lowell, was established March 8, 1847; the Village was first called Robinson’s Cross Roads and located just east of present day Lowell. February 5, 1858, the name changed to Bloomington and was a favorite stopping point for weary travelers. March 9, 1881, although not as yet incorporated as a town, it was finally changed to Lowell.
Bloomington was a busy little Village. There was a saloon on the west side of Old Wire Road and it has been said that the famous outlaw Jesse James spent some time in the Bloomington Hotel, safely distant from the Missouri State line and lawmen there. Since the town had only the tavern, hotel, church and schoolhouse, a general store and post office, blacksmith shop and camping area for horse traders, no one fretted too much about Jesse getting too rambunctious.
The Butterfield Stage stopped there and the horses were taken to a well across Puppy Creek to be watered. There was a blacksmith shop south of the hotel and a livery stable was nearby. Bricks were made in back of the livery stable. Several homes were built on town lots. Horse traders used to camp in the woods along the north road.
During the Civil War, several army camps were started by the Confederate Army; One such camp was “Camp Mudtown.” Both blue and gray armies used the camps. In November of 1861 a Confederate army of more than 10,000 men quartered for the winter just out of Bloomington at Cross Hollows. The stage stop or hotel in Bloomington was used as headquarters. At that time, Bloomington became known as “Mudtown.” It received this name due to the muddy condition of the road. Log wagons used the road and made deep ruts. It has been said that one of the stage drivers went into the saloon and when he and the passengers got back to the stage, they found the wheels had sunk up to the coach bed in sticky mud. In obvious desperation, the driver renamed the place “Mudtown.” The nickname has – pardon the expression – stuck to this day.