A trip to Bowie would not be complete without a visit to where it all began. After the Civil War, Oden Bowie masterminded the development of two major railroads traveling to D.C. and Southern Maryland. Bowie Station served as the junction between the two lines. The station's central location quickly grew popular and thus a city was formed around it. While the railroad is still in use, the station has not been since 1989. The station buildings were declared a musuem in 1994 and are now available for touring. You can walk through the passenger depot, hang out in the tower (which still features the authentic equipment used to direct trains) or tour an authentic caboose donated to the museum.