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Gateway to Fort Bowie

The town of Bowie is one of the gateways to Fort Bowie. Fort Bowie is about 10 miles south of Bowie on a fairly decent dirt road. Please note, however, that the road becomes impassable during bad weather.

Fort Bowie

Fort Bowie was established because of the bitter conflict between the Chiricahua Apaches and the settlers coming west to seek their fortunes and expand across the country. For over 30 years Fort Bowie and the nearby Apache Pass were the sites of numerous battles resulting in the surrender of Geronimo in 1886 and the removal of the Chiricahuas to Florida and Alabama. It was the site of the Bascom Affair, a wagon train massacre, and the battle of Apache Pass, where a large force of Chiricahua Apaches under Mangus Colorados and Cochise fought the California Volunteers. Today, you can take a scenic 1.5 mile hike from the trailhead to the remains of the fort. This is an interpretive trail offering information about different things like the plant life in the area, the stagecoach line, the cemetery, and other items of historic or other interest. There are also a number of scenic views along the way. There is a different return trail you can take back to the parking lot. It goes up the ridgeline and offers a great panoramic view of the remains of the fort. Keep in mind, however, that the first 1/4 mile is steep and rocky and is not an easy walk.

The Town

In 1880 the Southern Pacific Railroad came to the area where Bowie is now. At that time the town was called Bean, named after the railroad superintendent. In December 1881, the town postmaster changed the name to Teviston, after Captain James Tevis, who established the town. Bean, who refused to call the town Teviston, started calling it Bowie Station, after Fort Bowie, the military post 14 miles south of Bowie. For a time, the town was known as both Teviston and Bowie Station. On 8 June 1908, the town was officially named Bowie. Bowie was a booming town at one point but has now shrunk to about 800 residents. You can see several abandoned buildings and hotels along the main street. The remaining people seem very friendly. I found this teepee building interesting.

  • Last visit to Bowie: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 3, 2008
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  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2010 at 4:15 AM

    The Old Fort Bowie sounds interesting. The landscape looks dry and desolate. Hard to imagine living in such conditions.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Fort Bowie is my kind of adventure. I so enjoy the historic parks. They are fun to explore and educational for my family. Thanks for the tour!


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