Have you ever been to Bowman, Ga.? It’s possible you have and just didn’t know it. Bowman is a tiny whistle-stop town that was built in 1906 along the Elberton Air Line Railroad, on which the passenger train the Silver Comet once traveled. It has about 820 residents and is home to the Famous Little Police Station. It was built in the 1960s and was so small because the town’s police force was made up of one officer.
While the one-room police station is tiny, and the only one I’ve visited, it’s not the world’s smallest. That honor goes to a police station, of sorts, in Carrabella, Fla. The Carrabelle, Fla., police station, not the only one in the town, is set up in a phone booth so that officers could answer the emergency call box without getting wet. And also so residents would stop making long-distance phone calls from the box. The self-proclaimed World’s Smallest Police Station is located on Highway 98 in Carrabelle.
Other claims to the World’s Smallest Police Station:
- Ridgeway, S.C., a one-room building constructed in 1940. Click here for more.
- Olar, S.C., one-room station to serve about 360 residents. See it here.
- Friend, Neb., one-room station. Click here for more.
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Sort of reminds me of those Police Call Boxes in England. You know, the ones that Dr. Who’s TARDIS (time machine/spaceship) is modeled on. There are only a few left in and around London, and some have been made into take out coffee shops, but most are abandoned.
They were used as neighborhood police substations back in the day, and had a desk and phone inside, for police use and a phone in a little cabinet on the outside, that the public could use to call for help. People have posted videos of them on YouTube. They were even painted the same shade of blue!
What about the small police station in Bowman Georgia?