bowling green


bowling green
a level, closely mowed green for lawn bowling.
[1640-50]

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      city, seat (1796) of Warren county, south-central Kentucky, U.S. It lies along the Barren River, 65 miles (105 km) northeast of Nashville, Tennessee. It was settled in 1780 by Robert and George Moore, and tradition suggests that their sport of bowling wooden balls across the green gave the city its name. Designated the Confederate capital of Kentucky in 1861, it was occupied by Confederate general Simon B. Buckner (Buckner, Simon Bolivar)'s troops until the Union takeover of nearby Forts Henry and Donelson forced a retreat in 1862.

      The construction of railroads in the state in the mid-19th century led to the city's development as a river and rail transportation centre. Bowling Green serves as an agricultural market for tobacco, corn (maize), hay, and livestock; the manufacture of automobiles and automotive products, generators, and clothing are also important to the economy. It is the home of Western Kentucky University (1906) and Bowling Green Regional Technical Center (1939). Mammoth Cave National Park is 30 miles (48 km) to the north. Inc. 1810. Pop. (1990) 40,641; (2000) 49,296.

      city, seat (1866) of Wood county, northwestern Ohio, U.S., about 25 miles (40 km) south of Toledo. The site, originally a swamp wilderness, was first settled by Elisha Martindale in 1832. The town was laid out in 1835 and named for Bowling Green, Ky. The swampland, drained by German immigrants and transformed into productive farmland, now supports livestock, grain, and tomatoes. Oil was discovered in the area (1886), and a short-lived industrial boom (mainly glass manufacture) followed until the wells ran dry. The founding of a state normal school (which became Bowling Green State University in 1935) in 1910 and the construction of a large tomato-canning plant four years later boosted the city's development. Light manufactures now include plastic and rubber products, automotive parts, mobile homes, adjustable seating, stamping dies, electrical components, floor-maintenance equipment, and chemicals. The Black Swamp Arts Festival (September) is an annual exhibition of visual arts, drama, and music by regional artists. The Wood County Historical Center and Museum is located 3 miles (5 km) southeast, on the former grounds of the county hospital and poor farm. Inc. town, 1855; city, 1900. Pop. (2000) 29,636; (2005 est.) 29,793.

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