The City of Owen was founded by the lumber baron, John S. Owen, in 1883, and was incorporated as a village in 1905. The area continued to grow and in 1925, Owen became a city and elected its first mayor.
Our historic main street and Mill Pond remain as a reminder of the "Good Old Days". The Woodland Hotel was built in 1906 and stands as the centerpiece on Central Ave. At the south end of "Main Street" is the Old Owen School that hosts many of our community events in their refurbished gymnasium. Concerts, craft fairs, auctions, reunions, and an after school program are held in the gym. Both buildings are on the State and National Historic registers. The Owen Public Library is a modern building that provides the public with a wide variety of services including WIFI and public computers. In the Summer the Library holds theme based youth programs.
The logging industry that gave us our start no longer exists in Owen proper. Our industries mainly center around agriculture and health care. The addition of the brand new Heartland Cooperative Services Feed Mill has sparked renewed growth with additions to the North Industrial Park.
Recreational opportunities are also an important part of the City as it is conveniently located near fishing spots, hunting areas, and snowmobile trails. Within the city you can find opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking, camping and golfing. Our hiking and biking trails are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The connected trails lead from the Crowley Park Campground along the Popple River Trail to the refurbished abandoned railroad bridge across the Millpond, and continues to the Owen-Withee Bike Trail which connects our two communities.
Owen has a rich history of being a quality place to live and play. Please come and join us for a day, a week or a lifetime!
Historic firsts for the City of Owen
2018 Owen-Withee Police Department formed
2004 Owen Millpond dredged
1955 Owen Medical Center opens
1929 Our golf course is incorporated
1925 Owen incorporates as a city
1915 Owen establishes its first library
1907 The first bank is built in Owen
1906 The first church is built in Owen
1905 Owen incorporates as a village
1895 The first post office comes to the area
1894 The first schoolhouse is built
1882 John S. Owen Lumber Co. buys 30,000 acres of land
1880 Railroad extended to Owen area