Our Communities

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

305

Population
Growth Rate

0.45%

Median Age

40

Diversity Index

4.500

Housing & Income

Households

120

Total Housing Units

129


Owner Occupied

103

Renter Occupied

17

Vacant

9

Median Home Value

$253,571


Average Home Value

$294,231

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.46%


Per Capita Income

1.95%

Income Projection

Median Household

$65,565 $72,281


Average Household

$80,306 $88,292


Per Capita

$30,348 $33,427

Workforce

Total Businesses

10

Total Employed

53

Workers 16+

122

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

24

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

9

2021 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

7

2021 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

7

2021 Wholesale Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

7

2021 Building Matl/Garden Equip

N

Businesses

1

Employed

6

Some
High School

14

Graduated
High School

82

Associates
Degree

30

Bachelor's
Degree

26

Graduate
Degree

7

Average Commute Time

35 min.



Resident Commuters

49

Non-Resident Commuters

72

Drive Alone

100

Carpooled

9

Public

0

Work At Home

6