It was named after Fort Bowie.
Location and nearby communities
The community lies on Interstate 10 in eastern Arizona close to the western New Mexico border. The community is in the west of the San Simon Valley, as well as the northeast foothills of the Dos Cabezas Mountains. On Interstate 10, Willcox, Arizona at the Willcox Playa lies west-southwest; San Simon, AZ and Road Forks-Lordsburg, New Mexico lie east.
In Popular Culture
Bowie, Arizona was put on the map when it was revealed that it was action icon John Rambo's hometown. This was first unveiled in the second film, later elaborated on in the third film and in the fourth film, Bowie was seen on screen for the first time. Sylvester Stallone has stated that a fifth film is set to take place entirely in Bowie and the Mexican Border.
Bowie native Clyde William "Bill" Allen was the father of Tucson's famous 4-star Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who managed Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and the BP Gulf oil spill. 
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