The city of present-day Lowell originated as a town named Bloomington in the mid-1800’s and was located along the Butterfield Overland Mail Route, a road well-traveled and worn with deep ruts. However, it was commonly called “Mudtown” because the road was treacherous after rain and known for trapping stagecoaches in its muddy tracks.
When the railroad line was established nearby in 1881, the town moved further to the west, where we find the City of Lowell today.
As the extraordinary progress of Northwest Arkansas continues to bring more people to live in the region, Lowell continues to grow westward past two other roads well-traveled - Arkansas 71 Business and Interstate 49.
Lowell is a thriving city located in the heart of a bigger metropolitan area, where residents and visitors find access to incredible urban amenities and outdoor recreation.
Within minutes of Lowell are numerous attractions and opportunities for outdoor fun, including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Scott Family Amazeum, Top Golf, Promenade Mall, Daisy Airgun Museum, Railyard Bike Park, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, rock climbing gyms, and miles and miles of mountain bike trails. Nearby Beaver Lake, features a 31,700-acre lake with some 487 miles of shoreline that attracts thousands of water sports lovers, campers, fishermen, hikers, and birdwatchers.
Lowell sits on the 36-mile Razorback Regional Greenway, a fantastic safe cycling and running/walking trail, connecting seven major cities stretching from Bella Vista to Fayetteville. The 72-acre Ward Nail Park on the east side of Lowell is home to the city’s annual Mudtown Days celebration as well as the J.B. Hunt Senior Center and First Tee with a terrific 9-hole golf course. On the west side of the city is Lowell’s newest park. The 100-acre Kathleen Johnson Memorial Park is in the primary stages of development and will soon feature a trailhead, farmer’s market, playground area and a connector trail to the 36-mile Razorback Regional Greenway with much more to come.
With a current population of more than 10,000, the city continues to attract new residents. The business climate has also been on an upward trend with more businesses such as FEDEX, Wachter, Arvest Bank Operations and the Northwest Arkansas Realtors Association making their business hubs part of the Lowell community. J.B. Hunt Trucking Company has made its home in Lowell since 1961 and provides hundreds of jobs throughout the region. The Arkansas State Police Headquarters opened its doors in 2020 to strategically position itself physically in the middle of the Northwest Arkansas growth.
More expansion is in the works with a new commercial park and office complexes being constructed just west of I-49 on AR 264. Businesses making Lowell their home base are within 20 minutes of the Bentonville Walmart headquarters. Lowell is roughly 15 minutes from Northwest National Airport, which makes access easy for those living or visiting Lowell.
The city is minutes from all major medical facilities in Northwest Arkansas, including Mercy, NWA Health, Washington Regional, Fayetteville Veterans Administration Hospital, Willow Creek and physician’s offices located within the city. The public school systems for elementary and secondary education are ideal for families. Higher education opportunities in the area are plentiful with major college institutions such as the University of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Community College and other satellite schools and universities.