Bowie and Montague County

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Bowie, the "Little Wonder of the West," grew from a tent city to the largest town in Montague County in just one year's time. This entrepreneurial spirit led to ideas such as the Chicken and Bread Boys, the M. Johnson Poultry Ranch, and Second Monday Trade Days. Bowie, Montague, Saint Jo, Nocona, Ringgold, Sunset, and Forestburg, along with the other hundred or so communities that made up Montague County, offered a unique slice of Americana and individualism. Their history collectively provides a unique look at the taming of the Western frontier, including a proud Native American culture, the Chisholm Trail, the Butterfield Stage, and promises of streets paved with gold. Over time, the smaller communities of the county faded and merged with the larger ones, leaving only memories of places such as Uz, Gladys, and Rip.
ISBN: 9780738596501
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 209
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Shannon Castle Gillette received her bachelor of arts in American studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her family has had ties to Montague County for over 100 years. Gillette has selected photographs for this publication from the extensive archives of the Tales 'N' Trails Museum and the Montague County Historical Commission, as well as several private collections that were generously loaned by local families.
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