Bowesmont, North Dakota
|Bowesmont, North Dakota|
A church in Bowesmont
|Elevation||794 ft (242 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1028097|
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. 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. According to legend, Bowes won the right to name the town in a card game.
Bowesmont was devastated by flooding of the Red River in 1997. Only an old church is left in what is now a ghost town. 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.
- "Bowesmont". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- Pembina County (PDF) (Map). North Dakota Department of Transportation. 2006. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
- Federal Writers' Project workers (1938). North Dakota: A Guide to the Northern Prairie State. Works Progress Administration. p. 352.
- Capace, Nancy (2001). Encyclopedia of North Dakota. Somerset Publishers. p. 411.
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