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Bowie County, Texas

US county information
NameBowie County
StateTexas
SeatBoston (legal);
New Boston (courthouse)
US Area
Total Area923 sq mi (2390.6 km2)
Land Area888 sq mi (2299.9 km2)
Water Area35 sq mi (90.7 km2)
Population89306 (2000)
Density39/km2 (101/sq mi)
Founded1840

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Bowie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Texarkana, Texas - Texarkana, Arkansas, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 89,306. Its legal county seat is Boston, though its courthouse is located in New Boston. Bowie is named for James Bowie, the legendary knife fighter who died at the Battle of the Alamo.

Bowie County is one of 46 prohibition or entirely dry counties in the state of Texas. However, the community of Texarkana straddles the state line with Arkansas, and the Arkansas side is in Miller County which is wet, except for Sundays. State Line Avenue runs directly north and south through Texarkana, literally riding on the state line; thus there are numerous liquor stores on the Arkansas (east) side of the avenue, and none on the Texas (west) side.


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