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The North Dakota state capital is Bismarck.
The population of Bowbells is approximately 498 (1990), 336 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 258 (1990), 161 (2010).
The amount of land area in Bowbells is 2.054 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.018 sq kilometers.
The distance from Bowbells to Washington DC is 1498 miles.
The distance to the North Dakota state capital is 155 miles. (as the crow flies)
Bowbells is positioned 48.80 degrees north of the equator and 102.24 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in northwestern North Dakota near the Canadian border.
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Bowbells City Government

Bowbells, North Dakota

Bowbells Area development Corporation
P.O. Box 142
Bowbells, North Dakota 58721

Bowbells Historical Events

My grandmother, Eva Carey, was a homesteader in Bowbells and the local schoolteacher. My mom, Jeannette Carey, and her brothers, George and Hurly were born there. They left Bowbells for Sydney Montana when my mother was quite young.

Eva became one of the first women to work on the Sydney Herald newspaper. Late in her life Eva came and lived with us in Pittsburgh. My sister Ellen was teaching English as a foreign language to foreign students at Carnegie Mellon University. When she talked to Eva about her work, Eva just laughed and said she did the same thing when she was the schoolteacher in Bowbells. I assume she was teaching English to Irish and Norwegian folk.

Jeannette was a navy nurse in WWII. She was given a dishonorable discharge when she married my father, a U.S. marine at the time. Eva was outraged and wrote a sufficient number of letters to congressment that Jeannette's discharge was changed to honorable. Unfortunately, I don't think the rule was changed, nurses were not supposed to get married, but at least she took care of her daughter.

I am Jean's youngest (her fifth). I am a lawyer in New York and live in Brooklyn.

Bowbells Schools

Bowbells Public School

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