Dakota Datebook

Bowman County Re-Established

Sunday, June 10, 2012


The county of Bowman, North Dakota, was re-established on this date in 1907 by Governor John Burke. In the far southwestern corner of the state, the county was originally created by the 1883 Dakota Territorial Legislature and named for Territorial Representative Edward Bowman. By 1903, however, the county still lacked the number of residents needed to justify a county government, and it was eliminated by the State Legislature. Within four years, however, the population had jumped to over four thousand, and on June 10, 1907, Governor Burke issued a proclamation re-establishing Bowman as a County. The city of Bowman was named the county seat, and the government was organized on July 5th, 1907.

And, thanks to the modern-day oil boom, the county population today is once again on the upswing.


Dakota Datebook written by Jayme Job








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