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
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
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,
Forceful citizens joined in beginning railroad construction in 1857.
Economy is based on agriculture, lumber, manufacturing.
Erected by the State of Texas - 1971