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Built on mint

An article on the history of Bremen, Indiana.

Incorporated in 1871, Bremen was founded by a group of German settlers who first named the community "New Bremen".


As time progressed, the "New" was slowly omitted and the town became known as "Bremen". The first streets were paved with brick in 1913, some of which still exist today.


Surrounded by rich black soil, Bremen found its niche as a producer of mint. Recognized as a leader in the agricultural field for its mint production, Northern Indiana became known as the mint capital of the nation.



As mint acreage increased throughout the northwest, states like Oregon and Washington have since inherited the title of the mint capitol. However, Bremen still retains its nickname as the "Mint City".

Anchoring the center of town is a 101 foot tall national landmark. In 1975, the American Water Works Association dedicated the town's original water tower, commonly known as the "standpipe", as an American Historic Water Landmark. Erected in 1882, the standpipe had a capacity of 30,000 gallons and remained in service until 1955.

One of the community's most recognizable citizens is Otis R. Bowen, Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan.


Holding positions such as member of the Indiana House of Representatives, and Speaker of the House, Bowen was eventually elected Governor of Indiana in 1972.


It was from 1985-1989 that Bowen was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan.

[Historic Bremen Depot was re-dedicated to the Town of Bremen on May 1, 2011.] The Bremen Historical Society engaged in an effort to move, restore, and revitalize the historic train depot.


The depot now sits at the corner of US 6 and US 106 and functions as a historical museum recounting the events, stories, and lives of those who have worked to establish this great community.

These are just a few accounts of the historical and cultural events and icons that have shaped and molded the identity of our community.


We have now been given the opportunity to continue the process of adding value and character to this wonderful town and community of Bremen, Indiana.

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