James Bowie Elementary is named after American Folk Hero Jim Bowie. Jim Bowie was born in Logan County, Kentucky in April 1796. He was known as a formidable knife fighter after a violent feud with local sheriff, Norris Wright. On March 6, 1836, Bowie became an American folk hero when he died, along with Davy Crockett, during the defense of Texas fort, the Alamo. The "Bowie Knife" is named for him.