Bowie is the largest city in Montague County. When the railroad was built through the area in 1882, local settlers moved to the construction camps, and businesses appeared in canvas tents. A town site was laid out, and residents applied for a post office to be named for James Bowie. In 1867, Montague County was the last Texas county traildrivers crossed on their way to the Chisholm Trail and north to cattle markets. Today, this city maintains an old-fashioned feel with local businesses offering antiques, tea rooms, a soda fountain and drug store, home-style cooking and bed-and-breakfast accommodations.
Events include the Jim Bowie Days Rodeo, Parade and Festival; Indian Artifacts Show; Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Expo; Bluegrass Round-Up and Festival; and Classic Car Show.
The Second Monday Trade Days is a three-day market on the weekend before the second Monday of each month. More than 600 vendors are on hand on Pelham Street for the longest-running flea market in North Texas. www.secondmonday.com.
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