Bowie is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States with a population of 54,727 at the 2010 U.S. Census, Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in Maryland. In 2014, CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in the United States.
The city of Bowies existence is solely due to the influence railway, in 1853 Colonel William Duckett Bowie obtained a charter from the Maryland legislature to construct a rail line into Southern Maryland. In 1869, the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Company began the construction of a railroad from Baltimore to Southern Maryland stopping at Pope's Creek.
In 1914, a teacher-training college was built for African-Americans, just outside the town which is now known as Bowie State University. The town of Bowie was incorporated in 1916. In 1957, the firm of Levitt and Sons acquired the nearby Belair Estate, the original colonial plantation of the Provincial Governor of Maryland, Samuel Ogle, and developed the residential community of Belair at Bowie.
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