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Marker of the WeekThe First Bowie Knife Marksville, Louisiana
The famous Bowie knife was first made here by Jim Bowie’s brother Rezin. Jim Bowie used it in the infamous Sandbar Fight near Natchez this week in 1827. An anonymous contributing correspondent submitted this entry in 2016.
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