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John Gross filed a homestead in 1866 on the land where Bowlus is now located. After several property transfers it became the property of the Soo Line Railroad Company. The village was platted in 1907 and incorporated in 1910. Bowlus grew as a community sustained by agriculture. Farm products such as wheat, oats and potatoes were shipped out on the Soo Line Railway. Farm animals and poultry were also part of the livelihood of the residents. Merchants included a meat market, blacksmith shop, saloon, implement dealer, livery and feed store. Bowlus is still well-known for its meat market and butchering. A business unique to Bowlus, due to its beautiful groves of maple trees, has been the production of maple syrup.

Bowlus was settled by many families of Polish descent. The centerpiece of the community is the stately Polish Catholic Church. It speaks of the faith, dedication and hard work of the people of Bowlus. Bowlus is still a traditional small town with an area set aside for industrial development that the City Council hopes will grow many businesses.

Bowlus Industrial Park

Bowlus

Population

Total Population

300

Population
Growth Rate

0.41%

Median Age

39

Diversity Index

3.900

Housing & Income

Households

117

Total Housing Units

126


Owner Occupied

102

Renter Occupied

16

Vacant

9

Median Home Value

$195,588


Average Home Value

$228,218

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.32%


Per Capita Income

2.11%

Income Projection

Median Household

$58,415 $62,387


Average Household

$74,927 $84,389


Per Capita

$28,074 $31,160

Workforce

Total Businesses

12

Total Employed

63

Workers 16+

139

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Construction

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Manufacturing

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

2

Employed

9

Some
High School

13

Graduated
High School

77

Associates
Degree

30

Bachelor's
Degree

19

Graduate
Degree

7

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

44

Non-Resident Commuters

95

Drive Alone

117

Carpooled

12

Public

0

Work At Home

4


The Gateway to the Northern Minnesota Vacationland

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Morrison County, the gateway to the Northern Minnesota vacationland, is located 100 miles northwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Little more than a 90 minute drive via the four lane highway system. The area offers an abundance of wildlife, lakes, streams, snowmobiling and cross country ski trails. Beautiful parks and trails create endless opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation.