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Bowesmont, North Dakota
A church in Bowesmont
A church in Bowesmont
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Pembina
Elevation
794 ft (242 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 701
GNIS feature ID 1028097

Bowesmont is an unincorporated community in Pembina County, North Dakota, United States. Bowesmont is located along a BNSF Railroad line near Interstate 29, 8.2 miles (13.2 km) north of Drayton. The community was initially named Alma for Alma, Ontario in 1878; the name was changed to Bowesmont, for William Bowes, the town's first shopkeeper, six months later. According to legend, Bowes won the right to name the town in a card game.

Bowesmont was devastated by flooding of the Red River in 1997. Only an old church is left in what is now a ghost town. An annual pilgrimage occurs the second Sunday of July where old friends, family and neighbors meet in the old church to celebrate what was the town they loved.

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