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Bowie (/ˈbuːi/) is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. The population was 54,727 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George's County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014, CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live (in the United States) list.
The city of Bowie owes its existence to the railway. In 1853, Colonel William Duckett Bowie obtained a charter from the Maryland legislature to construct a rail line into Southern Maryland. In 1869, the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Company began the construction of a railroad from Baltimore to Southern Maryland, terminating in Pope's Creek. The area had already been dotted with small farms and large tobacco plantations in an economy based on agriculture and slavery. In 1870, Ben Plumb, a land speculator and developer, sold building lots around the railroad junction and named the settlement Huntington City. By 1872, the line was completed, together with a "spur" to Washington, D.C. and the entire line through Southern Maryland was completed in 1873.
In 1880, Huntington City was rechartered as Bowie, named for Colonel Bowie's son and business partner Oden Bowie, the former Governor of Maryland and then-president of the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad. In the early days the land was subdivided by developers into more than 500 residential building lots, to create a large town site at a junction of the Baltimore and Potomac's main line to southern Maryland, and the branch line to Washington, D.C.
By 1902 the Baltimore & Potomac was purchased by the powerful Pennsylvania Railroad. A second railroad entered the community when the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway electric trolley line commenced service in 1908. The large interurban cars brought rapid transit to the area, with trains running hourly. Bowie area stations included High Bridge, Hillmeade, and the Race Track.
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National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado Hit Bowie
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-tornado touched down in Bowie on Tuesday evening, with winds reaching up to 90 mph.
Bowie tornado unleashed 90 mph winds. How it snuck up on forecasters.
Tuesday proved to be a perplexing day for forecasters. The Weather Service had placed the area under a level 2 out of 5 risk for severe storms but did not highlight tornadoes as a ...
AAA worker fatally struck by SUV on Route 50
A worker with AAA was fatally struck Tuesday night on U.S. Route 50 in Prince George's County.Anthony Okozi, 69, of Upper Marlboro, died at the scene in the westbound lanes of Route 50 near Collington ...
AAA worker struck by car, killed in P.G. County
AAA issued the following statement: The AAA family is deeply saddened by the death of one of our drivers in Prince George’s County late last night. Sixty-nine-year-old Anthony Okozi was helping a ...
Crash claims life of AAA roadside assistance worker in Bowie
A Tuesday night crash claimed the life of a AAA roadside assistance worker in Bowie. It happened around 11:15pm on the westbound side of Route 50 near Collington Road.
Tornado touchdown in Bowie, Md.; National Weather Service investigating others
The skies opened up Tuesday as storms rolled through the D.C. area, causing damages from heavy rain, strong winds and at least one tornado.
Bowie Picks Up The Pieces After Possible Tornado Leaves Trail Of Damage
Cleanup efforts are underway in Bowie after a possible tornado swept through Tuesday evening, leaving behind a trail of damage.
Cleanup in Bowie continues after tornado damages homes, brings down trees and power lines
Large tree branches, power lines and other debris littered the roadways in Bowie Wednesday morning one day after a tornado struck the area.
Tornado touches down in Bowie, pummeling power lines and trees
A tornado warning was issued in Prince George's County Tuesday evening, urging residents and others in the Bowie, Glenn Dale, and Mitchellville areas to seek shelter.
Tornado in Bowie area, with reports of tree and structural damage
A severe storm damaged buildings in the Bowie, Md., area Tuesday evening after a tornado warning was issued, according to authorities. A report to the National Weather Service told of structural ...