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BOWIE COUNTY, TEXAS

33 27' 0" N, 94 25' 12" W (33.45, -94.42)
Population: 92,565 (2010)
Total area: 923 square miles (2,390 km2)
885 square miles (2,290 km2) land
38 square miles (98 km2) water

Bowie County Topics

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  • Town List
  • Vintage Maps
  • Bowie County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    McCurtain County, Oklahoma (NW) Little River County, Arkansas (N Miller County, Arkansas (E) Cass County (south) Morris County (SW) Red River County (W)

    Bowie County History

    Historical Marker :

    BOWIE COUNTY

    Original text (1936):
    In 1836 a part of Red River County.
    Created December 17, 1840; organized February 1, 1841.
    Named in honor of James Bowie, 1785-1836; member of Long's Expedition, defender of Texas liberty, a martyr of the Alamo.
    Old Boston, 1841, Texarkana and New Boston have served as county seat.

    Replacement text (1971):
    Named for James Bowie (1799-1836), who fought for Texas freedom from 1819, when he joined the Long Expedition, to 1836-- when he died in defense of the Alamo.
    Inhabited before 1800 by agricultural Indians, charted 1819 for Anglo-American settlement, this was Red River County land when Texas Republic was founded in 1836.
    Bowie County was created Dec. 18, 1840; organized Feb. 1, 1841.
    County seats: DeKalb, Old Boston, Texarkana, and Boston.
    Forceful citizens joined in beginning railroad construction in 1857.
    Economy is based on agriculture, lumber, manufacturing.
    Erected by the State of Texas - 1971


    Bowie County Courthouse
    Texas - Bowie County Courthouse
    Bowie County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Bowie County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Boston
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  • Bassett
  • Beaver Dam
  • Boston County Seat
  • College Hill
  • Dalby Springs ghost town
  • DeKalb
  • Eylau ghost town
  • Hodgson
  • Hooks
  • Hubbard
  • Leary
  • Malta
  • Maud
  • Nash
  • New Boston
  • Oak Grove
  • Old Boston
  • Old Salem
  • Pine Springs
  • Poer
  • Red Bank
  • Redwater
  • Texarkana
  • Victory City
  • Wake Village
  • Wamba

  • Bowie County Vintage Maps
    TX - Bowie County 1882 map
    From 1882 Texas state map #2134 showing Bowie County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Bowie County Texas 1907 Postal map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Bowie County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Bowie County 1920s Map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Bowie County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Bowie County 1940s Map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Bowie County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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