Bowie and Montague County

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Arcadia Publishing, 2013 - 127 pages
Bowie, the "Little Wonder of the West," grew from a tent city to the largest town in Montague County in just one year's time. This entrepreneurial spirit led to ideas such as the Chicken and Bread Boys, the M. Johnson Poultry Ranch, and Second Monday Trade Days. Bowie, Montague, Saint Jo, Nocona, Ringgold, Sunset, and Forestburg, along with the other hundred or so communities that made up Montague County, offered a unique slice of Americana and individualism. Their history collectively provides a unique look at the taming of the Western frontier, including a proud Native American culture, the Chisholm Trail, the Butterfield Stage, and promises of streets paved with gold. Over time, the smaller communities of the county faded and merged with the larger ones, leaving only memories of places such as Uz, Gladys, and Rip.
 

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Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
The Little Wonder of the West
9
The Days of the Chicken and Bread Boys
25
Schools Churches and Civic Organizations
37
The Central Hub and County Seat
45
Head of Elm and the Oldest Town
55
Leather Capital of the Southwest
67
Where the Streets are Paved with Gold
79
Cowboys Indians and Watermelons
83
Apple Cider and Souvenirs
93
The Bygone Communities of Montague County
101
About the Organization
127
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Author Shannon Castle Gillette received her bachelor of arts in American studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her family has had ties to Montague County for over 100 years. Gillette has selected photographs for this publication from the extensive archives of the Tales 'N' Trails Museum and the Montague County Historical Commission, as well as several private collections that were generously loaned by local families.

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