Bowie, an unincorporated rural community nestled in the San Simon Valley of southeastern Arizona is in northeastern Cochise County just off Interstate 10. Its altitude is 3,700 feet. Mountain ranges dominate and nearly surround this alluvial, ”desert sea.” Mt. Graham at 10,717 feet is to the north; the Peloncillo range is to the east; the Dos Cabezas Range at 8,363 feet is to the southwest; and the Chiricahua Mountains at 9,796 are to the south, with 300 miles of hiking trails and cool forests of pine, fur, and spruce at the summit. Bowie came to life in the summer of 1880 through the combined effort of the Southern Pacific Railroad and an enterprising frontiersman, James Tevis. Bowie is the namesake of nearby Fort Bowie, the ruins of which are now designated a Historic Site. Apache Pass, a four-mile mountain corridor, separates the Chiricahua and Dos Cabezas Ranges. The Chiricahua Apache, Fort Bowie, John Butterfield’s mail and passenger stagecoaches along with other 19th century sagas, were in this historic setting.
Retirees comprise much of Bowie’s populace; however, a varied economy of ranching, farming, and orchards of pistachios, pecans and grapes form today’s economic staples. Small businesses include automotive repair, gas stations, two RV parks, lodging facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, and a barbershop.