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Bowie, Texas

Bowie is in southwestern Montague County and is the largest city in the county. When the railroad built through the area in 1882, local settlers moved to the site of the construction camps and businesses appeared in canvas tents. A townsite was laid out and residents applied for a post office to be named for James Bowie. In 1867, Montague County was the last Texas county crossed by traildrivers heading to the Chisholm Trail and north to cattle markets.

Today the city serves as a retail shopping center. Industry, ranching, agriculture, oil and retail trade form a diversified base for its economy. Antiques, collectibles, gift shops, tearooms, homestyle cooking, bed and breakfasts and more.

Annual celebrations include the Fantasy of Lights Parade in December, Jim Bowie Days in the summer, and Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival in the fall. Bowie has been designated a Texas Main Street City.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Bowie, TX

Columbus Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Athens Lake Fishing

This lake is known for largemouth bass in the 3- to 8-pound range but has produced a lake record of 13.81 pounds. Sunfishes p...

Westridge Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Eagle Mountain

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Blackwell House Museum

The Blackwell House is known as the oldest house in Canton. This residence was built for Henry F. Blackwell, II and his wife ...