Bowie, Arizona

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Bowie is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Cochise County, Arizona. As of the 2010 U.S. Census the population of Bowie was 449.[1]

It was named after Fort Bowie.

Location and nearby communities[edit]

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.


Bowie has the ZIP Code of 85605; in 2010, the population of the 85605 ZCTA was 449.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

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. [3]


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bowie has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[4]


  1. ^ Website Services & Coordination Staff(WSCS). "2010 Census Interactive Population Search". Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
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  3. ^ "Wilma and Clyde Allen". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bowie, Arizona Kppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 

Coordinates: 32°19′35″N 109°29′13″W / 32.32639°N 109.48694°W / 32.32639; -109.48694