Why Creek Bed?

 Lowville - 1890

 1890 Platt Map - The Post Office was also the site of Jacob Low's Tavern.


Everyone asks us,  "Why did you name your farm Creek Bed Country Farmacy?  There's no creek!"  Well, there used to be...  

Here's an excerpt from "A History of Columbia County Wisconsin": 

Mr. Townsend, the younger, is still alert mentally and physically despite his eighty-odd years, and his reminiscences are always welcome additions to local history, as witness the following from his pen in 1914:

"Jacob Low, a son of Gideon Low, Captain of Fort Winnebago, was the first settler in Lowville.  He built a tavern on the old Madison and Portage stage road, one mile from the south line and one and three-fourths miles from the west line of town.  The town was named Lowville in honor of his good early work.  When he settled there, there was not a house between Portage and his tavern.  It was the stage house for Fink and Walker's line from Portage to Madison.  Mr. Low was the first postmaster.

Until 1849 there were but fifteen families in the town. Just east of Mr. Low's tavern there was an Indian village with thirty-seven wigwams and quite a number of Indians still there.  The village was located near a number of large springs that have since entirely disappeared.  They were the headwaters of Rowan Creek.  This is in accord with the prediction of an old Indian living in the village at that time, who said: 'Great Spirit angry with smoky man and dry the water all up.'"1

Now you know the rest of the story. 

1Jones, JE. A History of Columbia County Wisconsin. Vol. 1. Chicago: Lewis, 1914. Print.






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