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Bowie, Texas
Downtown Bowie, Texas
Downtown Bowie, Texas
Location of Bowie, Texas
Location of Bowie, Texas
Montague County Bowie.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Montague
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 5.54 sq mi (14.36 km2)
 • Land 5.52 sq mi (14.29 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
1,129 ft (344 m)
 • Total 5,218
 • Estimate 
 • Density 926.62/sq mi (357.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 940
FIPS code 48-09640
GNIS feature ID 1352736

Bowie ( BOO-ee) is a town in Montague County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,218 at the 2010 census.


On July 22, 1881, Bowie was incorporated as a town in Montague County, Texas. (There is also a Bowie County, which includes Texarkana in northeastern Texas.) The town began to expand with the arrival of the Fort Worth and Denver Railway in 1882. In 1884, four men robbed the First National Bank of Bowie and allegedly left with over $10,000 in gold coins. Townspeople gave chase and eventually captured the robbers, who were hanged for their crimes. By 1913, the town had a population of more than five thousand and included the Bowie Commercial College.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the town on his train on July 11, 1938. He ceremonially purchased biscuits from businessman Amon G. Carter of Fort Worth, who had grown up in Bowie. On August 19, 1941, Rex Beard, Jr., robbed the First National Bank of Bowie and was captured in December of that same year.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Bowie has a total area of 5.52 square miles (14.3 km2).



Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,486
1900 2,600 75.0%
1910 2,874 10.5%
1920 3,179 10.6%
1930 3,131 −1.5%
1940 3,470 10.8%
1950 4,544 31.0%
1960 4,566 0.5%
1970 5,185 13.6%
1980 5,610 8.2%
1990 4,990 −11.1%
2000 5,219 4.6%
2010 5,218 0.0%
2019 (est.) 5,114 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,218 people and 2,489 housing units in the town. The population density was 945.6 people per square mile. There were 2,090 households in the town. The average household size was 2.32 persons and the average family size was 2.99. The racial makeup of the town was 91.9% White, 0.2% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.6% of the population. The median income for a household in the town was $33,846. The per capita income for the town was $19,063.



The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bowie has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


The town is served by the Bowie Independent School District as well as a branch campus of North Central Texas College.

Notable people

  • Woodrow Chambliss, actor

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