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Bowerston, Ohio
Location of Bowerston, Ohio
Location of Bowerston, Ohio
Location of Bowerston in Harrison County
Location of Bowerston in Harrison County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Harrison
 • Total 0.51 sq mi (1.31 km2)
 • Land 0.51 sq mi (1.31 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
951 ft (290 m)
 • Total 398
 • Estimate 
 • Density 747.04/sq mi (288.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-07916
GNIS feature ID 1048536

Bowerston is a village in Harrison County, Ohio, United States. The population was 398 at the 2010 census.


The village of Bowerston was settled in the early 19th century by Barnhard Bower and his brother John. When they first moved to the area, two mills were already built on the south side of Conotton Creek. One mill was a sawmill, the other a gristmill, and in 1804, the Bower brothers began to rebuild the mills. In 1816, the settlement called Bower's Mills was laid out and later it was called Bowersville and finally Bowerston. Bowerston was platted by David Bower, Henry Hoover, and Nathaniel Bower on August 21, 1851 and was filed in court August 2, 1852. The village was incorporated April 2, 1883.


Bowerston is located at 40°25′37″N 81°11′15″W / 40.42694°N 81.18750°W / 40.42694; -81.18750 (40.426806, -81.187523).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.51 square miles (1.32 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 320
1900 526
1910 514 −2.3%
1920 500 −2.7%
1930 440 −12.0%
1940 447 1.6%
1950 522 16.8%
1960 463 −11.3%
1970 479 3.5%
1980 487 1.7%
1990 343 −29.6%
2000 414 20.7%
2010 398 −3.9%
2019 (est.) 378 −5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 398 people, 156 households, and 92 families living in the village. The population density was 780.4 inhabitants per square mile (301.3/km2). There were 179 housing units at an average density of 351.0 per square mile (135.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.7% White, 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, and 0.3% from two or more races.

There were 156 households, of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.0% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the village was 41.1 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.9% were from 25 to 44; 23.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 45.0% male and 55.0% female.

Conotton Creek Trail

Conotton Creek Trail Mile 0
The Conotton Creek Trail begins here in Bowerston, Ohio. 2006-05-20

Bowerston is the beginning of the multi-use rails-to-trails path, the Conotton Creek Trail, along Conotton Creek. The trail is 11.4 miles (18.3 kilometers) long. It starts at the eastern end of Bowerston, at the southeast end of Erie Street. It is paved and suitable for bicycling, roller blading, wheel chairing and walking.


Bowerston Public Library
The Bowerstown Public Library

Public education in the village of Bowerston is provided by the Conotton Valley Union Local School District. Campuses serving the village include Bowerston Elementary School (Grades K-6) and Conotton Valley High School (Grades 7-12).

The village has a lending library, the Bowerston Public Library.

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