The city of Bowie, MD is located in Prince George’s County, about 20 miles northeast of downtown Washington, D.C. Bowie covers 19.25 square miles and roughly 58,000 people call it home.
In the 1850s, Colonel William Duckett Bowie received a charter from the Maryland legislature to construct a rail line into Southern Maryland. In 1869, the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Company started building a railroad from Baltimore to Southern Maryland. The area had already been dotted with small farms and large tobacco plantations. In 1870, Ben Plumb, a land speculator, sold building lots around the railroad junction and named the settlement Huntington City. In 1873 the entire line through Southern Maryland was completed.
In the early 1900s, the Baltimore & Potomac was purchased by the dominant Pennsylvania Railroad. A second railroad entered the community when the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway electric trolley line commenced service in 1908. This brought major transit to the area.
The conjunction of the two rail systems prompted the Southern Maryland Agricultural Society to build the Bowie Race track in 1914. The track authorized the Belair Stud to become one of Maryland’s premier areas for thoroughbreds. In the same year a teacher-training college was built for African-Americans, just outside of the town. This has now become Bowie State University. The town of Bowie was incorporated in 1916.
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