Cowell was named for Joshua Cowell, local landowner. A post office operated at Cowell from 1922 to 1969. Cowell was a company town for Cowell Portland Cement. Other than a former firehouse, nothing remains of the former town, which was replaced by the Walnut Country subdivision, more commonly known as "The Crossings," during the 1970s. A looming, dormant 244-foot high smokestack remained as the most prominent reminder of Cowell until it was demolished in 2009.