Bowie, Maryland

Bowie Business Signs

Bowie is a city located in the southwestern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Maryland.  Prior to occupation by forces of the United States, this area was inhabited by the Piscataway peoples.  As for the city of Bowie, Maryland itself, it was established during the mid-nineteenth century.  In 1853, the Maryland Legislature granted Colonel William Duckett Bowie a charter to build a railroad line into Southern Maryland.  Subsequently, in 1869, the “Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Company began the construction of a railroad from Baltimore to Southern Maryland.”  By 1870, land speculator and developer Ben Plumb sold building lots around this railroad’s junction.  He originally named the settlement Huntington City.  Inevitably, this settlement was renamed Bowie in honor of William Duckett Bowe’s son and business partner, Oden Bowie, “who was President of the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad at the time, and previously Governor of Maryland.”  The city of Bowie, Maryland was officially incorporated in 1882.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Bowie, Maryland has a total population of 58,393 people.  This makes it the largest municipality in Prince George’s County, the fifth most populous city, and third largest city by area in the entire state of Maryland.

Though still quite a small city, Bowie, Maryland’s business interests are booming.  In fact, back in 2014, CNN Money ranked the city as the 28th Best Place to Live in America.  Economically, the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report claims the largest employer in the area to be Inovalon, responsible for 2,500 local jobs.  Other large employers in the Bowie, Maryland area include Prince George’s County Public Schools, who employ 1,063 people, the City of Bowie, which provides 418 jobs, and Walmart, which employs 370 locals.

Elsewhere in the city of Bowie, Maryland are the Bowie Railroad Buildings.  The Bowie Railroad Buildings, which were built in 1913 in the Queen Anne style of architecture, are now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Historically, these three buildings served as the train station, the freight depot, and a passenger shed.  Now, they have been restored and comprise the Bowie Railroad Museum.  Other sites located in and/or around the Bowie, Maryland area which are also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places include (but are certainly not limited to) Belair House and Belair Stables, Boyden House, Fairview Plantation, Don S. S. Goodloe House, Governor’s Bridge, Harmon-Phelps House, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Rectory, Knights of St. John Hall, Melford House, Mitchellville Storekeeper’s House and Store Site, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Albert Smith House, St. James Episcopal Chapel, Straining House, Williams Plains, and Pleasant Prospect.  The city of Bowie, Maryland is also home to two public areas: Allen Pond Park and Foxhill Park.

As for sporting franchises, the city of Bowie, Maryland is home to Baseballs’ Double A Eastern League’s Bowie Baysox.  The Bowie Baysox are affiliated with MLB’s Baltimore Orioles.  The Baysox play their home games at Prince George’s Stadium.  They have one league title to their name.

Do you happen to be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Bowie, Maryland area?  Have you, by any chance, considered starting up such an exhilarating adventure?  Well, you’ve certainly come to the right place!  The resources provided below should be able to help you get a good head start:

Apply for a Business License in Bowie, Maryland:

Starting a Business in Bowie, Maryland:

Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce:

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A SIGNStore, Inc.
Derwood, MD
Ed Hendrickson

Hilltop Signs
Hollywood, MD
Mike Davis

Murray & Heister, Inc.
Beltsville, MD
Jeff Bussink