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In Bow Mar, Co. the local amenities include the private Bow Mar Lake, where one can sail at the yacht club and swim off the sand beach. Fishing and picnicking provide opportunities for family fun. Nearby, a dedicated bird sanctuary provides a wonderful outdoor experience. In general, Bow Mar residents are active, and the homeowners association serves to maintain the social, inclusive atmosphere at all communal sports facilities, including the lake, tennis courts and walking trail.

History: As the Denver-area grew in the late 19th century, the area that is now known as Bow Mar was developed as an agricultural area. It was home to several large farms that provided for both Denver and nearby Littleton. The name Bow Mar is derived from the last names of two pioneering farmers in the area, John Bowles and John Marston. The Bowles family farmhouse and barn can today be found south of the town of Bow Mar. As Denver grew in the post-World War II era, Bow Mar farmland was purchased to develop the area into single family housing. Homes were first constructed in what is now Bow Mar in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The neighborhood was largely built up by the end of the 1950s. Bow Mar was incorporated as a town in 1958 as a town that straddled both Arapahoe and Jefferson counties. When built, many homes in Bow Mar reflected Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie-style architecture. Homes were constructed upon acre lots and were placed on wide streets, and were limited to being no more than one story tall. Today, many houses in the area are being updated or replaced with new construction.

Map: Bow Mar

Region: Metro Denver Area Regional Information

County: Arapahoe

Proximity to other towns: Located 9 miles from Denver, 2.7 miles from Sheridan, 3.3 miles from Littleton, 4.3 miles from Englewood, 6.6 miles from Lakewood

Population: 811

Elevation: 5,515 feet

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