On the first Saturday of October, the town of Bowie pays tribute to its western legacy with the Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival. The heritage of the “Chicken and Bread Boys” dates back to a time when Bowie was a thriving tent city along the railroad. On July 1, 1892, the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad sent its first train into the North Texas town.
Within just one year, a tent city had sprung up along the tracks with a population of more than 1,000. By 1983, more than 50 houses of business were established, and Bowie was called “Year Old Wonder of the West.”
Young men with an entrepreneurial spirit sold chicken and bread at the train station depot to passengers who stopped. Some of the early vendors included John White, the Turner boys, Perry Stallings, and a man by the name of Amon Carter. Among those who enjoyed the fried chicken and fresh bread was President Franklin D. Roosevelt on a train stop in Bowie on July 12, 1983.
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