Bowsman

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Bowsman
Village
Village of Bowsman
Bowsman is located in Manitoba
Bowsman
Bowsman
Location of Bowsman in Manitoba
Coordinates: 52°08′27″N 101°07′21″W / 52.1409°N 101.1226°W / 52.1409; -101.1226
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
Incorporated 1949
Population (2006)
 • Total 315
  [1]

Bowsman is a village of about 300 in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is bordered by the Rural Municipality of Swan River and the Rural Municipality of Minitonas. The village is 16 kilometres north of the town of Swan River. Bowsman was incorporated as a village in 1949.

History[edit]

Bowsman School, 1914

J.B. Tyrell, a surveyor, came up with the name "Bowsman" after the first man out of the bow of the boat who touched the land. Bowsman was originally known as "Bowsman River" because of the river. They switched the name from Bowsman River to Bowsman because they felt that there were too many towns in the valley that had river in their name.

Bowsman's claim to fame is the "Biffy Burning". This happened on New Year's Eve as part of the celebration for Canada's Centennial Year, which was in 1967. The townspeople burned their outhouses to celebrate the arrival of sewer service to the town. Apparently Bowsman's postal code was changed to R0L 0H0 which stands for "Roll Our Loyal Out Houses Over" in honour of this event.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

The economy is supported by agriculture and logging. Currently the village offers a grocery store, a hotel with restaurant and lounge, K–8 school, hockey arena, curling rink, library, post office, and fire hall.

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Coordinates: 52°14′09″N 101°12′26″W / 52.23583°N 101.20722°W / 52.23583; -101.20722