Bow Mar, Colorado

Bow Mar was developed in the late 19th century as an agricultural area, producing food for Littleton and Denver. The name comes from two pioneering farmers in the area: John Marston and John Bowles. After World War II ended, the Bow Mar area was determined to be more valuable for residential housing than for farming. With change in land use, houses began to pop up in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Bow Mar was incorporated in 1958 as a town straddling the county line between Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties. Many of the homes in Bow Mar were designed similarly to Frank Lloyd Wright's "prairie-style" architecture. The lots were all 1-acre in size and the streets wide. None of the original homes was more than 1 story tall. Today, any of those homes that hasn't been razed and replaced has been radically updated, at least once.

The town maintains a public beach on Bow Mar Lake. The beach area is often used for music concerts, public gatherings and other neighborhood events year-round. Summer sees the Bow Mar Yacht Club hosting regattas on the lake.

A city park in Bow Mar, Colorado
At a park in Bow Mar