Bowesmont, North Dakota

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Bowesmont, North Dakota
Unincorporated community
A church in Bowesmont
A church in Bowesmont
Bowesmont, North Dakota is located in North Dakota
Bowesmont, North Dakota
Bowesmont, North Dakota
Bowesmont, North Dakota is located in the US
Bowesmont, North Dakota
Bowesmont, North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°41′24″N 97°10′41″W / 48.69000°N 97.17806°W / 48.69000; -97.17806Coordinates: 48°41′24″N 97°10′41″W / 48.69000°N 97.17806°W / 48.69000; -97.17806
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Pembina
Elevation 794 ft (242 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 701
GNIS feature ID 1028097[1]

Bowesmont is an unincorporated community in Pembina County, North Dakota, United States. Bowesmont is located along a BNSF Railroad line near Interstate 29, 8.2 miles (13.2 km) north of Drayton.[2] The community was initially named Alma for Alma, Ontario in 1878; the name was changed to Bowesmont, for William Bowes, the town's first shopkeeper, six months later.[1] According to legend, Bowes won the right to name the town in a card game.[3]

Bowesmont was devastated by flooding of the Red River in 1997. Only an old church is left in what is now a ghost town.[4] An annual pilgrimage occurs the second Sunday of July where old friends, family and neighbors meet in the old church to celebrate what was the town they loved.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bowesmont". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Pembina County (PDF) (Map). North Dakota Department of Transportation. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2006. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ Federal Writers' Project workers (1938). North Dakota: A Guide to the Northern Prairie State. Works Progress Administration. p. 352. 
  4. ^ http://=www.ghostsofnorthdakota.com/2009/12/01/bowesmont-church[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ https://www.fema.gov/pdf/about/regions/regionviii/jurnys32.pdf
  6. ^ Capace, Nancy (2001). Encyclopedia of North Dakota. Somerset Publishers. p. 411. 

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