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    UFO - Flying Saucer Sighting

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    Just a bit of trivia. The first American sighting of a UFO incident was apparently reported at Bonham, Texas, in the summer of 1873.

    It was broad daylight when a strange, fast-moving object appeared in the sky, southwest of the town. For a moment, the people of Bonham stared at the thing, not believing their eyes. The only flying device then known was the drifting balloon. But this thing was tremendous, and speeding so fast its outlines were almost a blur.

    Terrified farmers dived under their wagons. Towns-people fled indoors. Only a few hardy souls remained in the streets. The mysterious object circled Bonham twice, then raced off to the east and vanished. Descriptions of the strange machine varied from round or oval to cigar- shaped. (The details of the Bonham sighting were later confirmed for me by Frank Edwards, Mutual network newscaster, who investigated this case.)

    Twenty-four hours after the Bonham incident, a device of the same description appeared at Fort Scott, Kansas. Panic-stricken soldiers fled the parade ground as the thing flashed overhead. In a few seconds it disappeared, circling toward the north.

    Taken from : http://www.nicap.dabsol.co.uk/fsar-chVII.htm

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    Noted Residents

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    One of Bonham's famous citizens included the Confederate renegade William Quantrill, who was arrested and imprisoned in the town for a short while. He was said to be one of the "baddest" gunslingers of them all.

    Another more respected citizen was Joe Morgan who lived in Bonham until he was 8 years old. He became a second baseman for the Houston Astros from 1963 until 1971 at which time he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. In 1990 Joe Morgan was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and he is now a baseball commentator for ESPN and NBC.
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    Annual Events

    by keeweechic Written Jan 28, 2003

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    July - Kueckelhan Rodeo

    October - Fannin County Fair, at Fort Inglish Park.

    October - The Sam Rayburn Library and Museum holds an open house and reception each January and presents the Friends of Sam Rayburn barbecue and lecture every October.
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