The town of Chalmers recently turned 150 years old. Pam Hiner says that milestone calls for a celebration. That’s why she and the rest of the committee are planning Chalmers’ 150th Celebration.
Chalmers, founded July 24, 1873, was originally known as “Mudge’s Station”. The name came about when the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railroad was completed in 1853. Gardner Mudge contributed the land used for the station. However, Mudge’s Station did not turn into Chalmers until it was first platted in 1873.
Chalmers, which settlers noted did not have a single home in 1846, is now home to 522 people according to the 2021 United States Census. In honor of the town’s growth, many festivities are planned for Chalmers’ 150th birthday.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, there will be garage sales spread across the town all day. Chambers Fire Department will kick off the Sesquicentennial celebration with breakfast at the fire station from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. DJ Ed will begin mixing music at 9 a.m. Car and motorcycle enthusiasts can participate in a car show downtown from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chalmers High School will be hosting an alumni homecoming luncheon. From 12 to 2 p.m., there will be food, a church bake sale, and activities for kids. At 1 p.m., a children’s parade will fill the streets of downtown. At 3 p.m. the Town Celebration Parade will begin. You can join in decorating your vehicle or golf cart. Later, there will be a beer and wine garden.
Hiner, who has lived in Chalmers her whole life, wants Chalmers’ 150th Celebration to be a day where everyone from the town can connect and have a good time. She says, “I was here for Chalmers’ 100th celebration in 1973 and wanted to make sure we could do something for the 150th.”