Bowbells, North Dakota
Business district of Bowbells
Location of Bowbells, North Dakota
Bowbells, North Dakota
Bowbells, North Dakota
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 48°48′N 102°15′W / 48.800°N 102.250°W / 48.800; -102.250
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Dakota
CountyBurke
Area
 • Total0.84 sq mi (2.18 km2)
 • Land0.83 sq mi (2.16 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
1,962 ft (598 m)
Population
 • Total336
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
336
 • Density403.36/sq mi (155.65/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58721
Area code(s)701
FIPS code38-08500
GNIS feature ID1028092[4]
Websitebowbellsnd.com

Bowbells is a city in and the county seat of Burke County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 336 at the 2010 census.[5]

History

The city of Bowbells was founded in 1898 along the main line of the Soo Line Railroad and incorporated in 1906. The city was named by railroad officials after the famed Bow bells at St Mary-le-Bow in London, England.[6]

The city's centennial celebration was held in the third week in July, 2006. Several hundred people from all over the country registered and attended. Burke County celebrated its centennial in the summer of 2010.

Culture

The town is home to a Lutheran, a Methodist, and a Roman Catholic church.

A municipal golf course is located four miles east of the city, and a community swimming pool, park and campground are available as well for visitors and residents.

Bowbells' schoolhouse, built in 1909 at a cost of $15,000, is still in use. Due to attentive management over the years, the brick building is still in good condition and currently houses kindergarten through sixth grade students. The building has a jerkinhead roof, combining gable and hipped roof types.[7]

Economy

Farmers in the area produce crops such as barley, canola, flax, oats, peas, sunflowers, durum and Hard Red Spring Wheat. There have been substantial oil wells in the area and thus oil-related businesses, including drilling, service and distribution businesses.

Some of the businesses in the town include an implement dealership, SunPrairie Grain (a division of CHS Incorporated), Savage Industries, and government-related buildings and businesses. The town's main street includes a gas station, a service station, a handful of crop and property insurance agencies, Dacotah Bank, The Newly Remodeled Historic Bowbells Hotel and North Dakota Wine Kitchen. Since Bowbells is the county seat of Burke County, the county courthouse is located here. It's on the southwest side of town. The official county newspaper, The Burke County Tribune newspaper, is located in the city as well.[8]

Montana-Dakota Utilities provides electrical service to the town.[9] There is no municipal natural gas service.

Geography

Bowbells is located at 48°48′N 102°15′W / 48.800°N 102.250°W / 48.800; -102.250 (48.8038, -102.2462),[10] a few miles west of Upper Des Lacs Lake and the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge. The Des Lacs valley was formed as meltwater flowed out of Glacial Lake Regina thousands of years ago.

Bowbells is about 20 km (12 mi) south of the Canada–US border, just off a 90-degree bend in U.S. Highway 52 and along the Canadian Pacific Railway, a railway serving the SunPrairie Grain grain terminal there. It is located approximately 52 miles northwest of Minot, the nearest city with an international airport (MOT) and 30 miles north of Stanley, the nearest passenger train station.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.81 square miles (2.10 km2), of which 0.80 square miles (2.07 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[11]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910651
1920643−1.2%
19306958.1%
194078713.2%
19508062.4%
1960687−14.8%
1970584−15.0%
19805870.5%
1990498−15.2%
2000406−18.5%
2010336−17.2%
2019 (est.)336[3]0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
2018 Estimate[13]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 336 people, 161 households, and 93 families residing in the city. The population density was 420.0 inhabitants per square mile (162.2/km2). There were 223 housing units at an average density of 278.8 per square mile (107.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.6% Native American, 2.7% Asian, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 161 households, of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.2% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.70.

The median age in the city was 47.7 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.3% were from 25 to 44; 34.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.4% male and 47.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 406 people, 174 households, and 116 families residing in the town. The population density was 511.2 people per square mile (198.4/km2). There were 214 housing units at an average density of 269.5 per square mile (104.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.77% White, 0.74% Native American, 0.25% Asian, and 0.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 174 households, out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. About 100 K-12 students attend the town's local public school. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,455, and the median income for a family was $35,625. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $12,212 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,491. About 9.2% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture

The town of Bowbells was referenced in an episode of the television series Royal Pains as the hometown of a married couple who wins a large sum of money in an undisclosed lottery and move to The Hamptons to renew their wedding vows.

The town of Ludendorff in the video game Grand Theft Auto 5 was based on the town of Bowbells. It is featured in the prologue and the mission “Bury The Hatchet,” and is referenced throughout the game.

Notable people

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bowbells has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 2, 2011.[dead link]
  6. ^ Wick, Douglas A. "Bowbells (Burke County)". North Dakota Place Names. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  7. ^ Jackson, William (2021). Dakota Mysteries & Oddities, 2022 Edition. Dickinson, ND: Valley Star Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 0-9677349-9-1.
  8. ^ NEWSPAPER: Website[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ UTILITY: Website Archived February 8, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  12. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  13. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  14. ^ Climate Summary for Bowbells, North Dakota

Coordinates: 48°48′14″N 102°14′46″W / 48.8038°N 102.2462°W / 48.8038; -102.2462