Bob Bowman, East Texas historian, died at the age of 77 on Saturday, July 13, 2013 in Lufkin. He was born at Hickory Grove in Anderson County on June 3, 1936. A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Lufkin on Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m.
Bowman was well known for his books and a weekly history column that was published in about 80 East Texas newspapers. He often told us how different East Texas towns, rivers and areas got their names. Bowman was a member of the Texas Historical Commission, the East Texas Historical Association, the Texas Council for the Humanities and served on the Texas Sesquicenntenial Commission in 1986 and the Texas Capital Centennial Commission in 1988.
A few samples of Bob Bowman's East Texas:
Babe Ruth in East Texas
Fort Brown: A refuge from attacks
Rusk's Capitol Role
Those strange town names