What's up with Bowie, Maryland? Here is a quick history.
1803-1873 Founder: William Duckett Bowie an American Politician was born at Fairview
Plantation, Prince Georges County, Maryland. Owned Quarter Plantation (near
Collington Maryland) a tobacco plantation holding a large number of slaves.
Purchasing the interest of his siblings later owned Fairview Plantation and made home.
1826 Gave birth to the child that would become Maryland's 34th Governor,
Oden Bowie (1826 - 1894).
1840 William Duckett Bowie was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates and
served two terms. He later was elected to the Maryland Senate.
1853 Oden Bowie becomes the First President of the Baltimore Potomac Railroad and
President of the Baltimore City Passenger Railway.
1853 William Duckett Bowie obtained a charter to construct a rail line from Baltimore to
Southern Maryland and Washington, DC., named "Baltimore Potomac".
1861-1865 Fairview Plantation had as many as 100 Slaves. Tobacco Farming
(Civil War Era) and Horse breeding created the revenue. Oden Bowie became involved with the
Maryland Militia and as many as 70 slaves on Fairview Plantation joined the
Union Army.Thus earning the title of "Colonel" Bowie. As a side note Oden was a
Captain in the Mexican-American War (1845-1847).
1873 Oden Bowie becomes the President of the Pimlico Jockey Club and Maryland
Railroad and Horse racing places Bowie, Maryland on the map and
expanded access to Southern Maryland by rail. As far as Popes Creek
(Laplata,Faulkner, Newberg) in Charles County, Maryland.
1880 The land was divided into 500 residential properties.
1902 The rail line was purchased by "Pennsylvania Railroad" and the Washington, Baltimore
and Annapolis Electric Trolley line commenced in 1908. Trains ran hourly and in
Bowie stopped at High bridge, Hillmeade and Racetrack.
1914 The development and building of both Bowie Race Track and "Normal School",
later to become "Bowie State University" for African Americans.