Bonham Things to Do

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    Downtown Square

    by keeweechic Updated Jan 28, 2003

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    The selection of stores on the square was a little disappointing but I presume in time and with the rejuvenating, this will change. It has not as yet become the trendy mecca that other little towns in Texas are developing into.

    While walking around the square I started to feel maybe this was not the best choice I had made of towns to visit - the bleak cold weather was probably not offering the best look of this little town, but after a visit to the Fannin County Museum, that all changed. The couple that were there were welcoming and extremely helpful. Their enthusiasm of their town and the surrounding area, past and future, was transferred to me and I came away with a greater awareness that there was something very special about this little town. The pride in everyone I came across and their helpfulness was inspiring and I ended up feeling of almost a duty to do the very best I could with the images and information I had been freely given.
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    Fannin County Courthouse

    by keeweechic Written Jan 28, 2003

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    The original Fannin County Courthouse was built around 1888 by W.C. Dodson. It was a more elaborate structure than what exists today. In 1929, fire unfortunately destroyed the roof and steeple. The remodelling that took place drastically changed the appearance and its nothing like some of the other courthouses in other towns. In fact its pretty ordinary as a downtown centrepiece.
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    James Butler Bonham

    by keeweechic Written Jan 28, 2003

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    The statue was commissioned in 1936 and commentates the messenger of the Alamo. Bonham was a hero of the Alamo. He was amazing in that he left the Alamo twice during the siege to try and gain aid from Gonzales for the besieged force and also to return to escort volunteers back to the Alamo. Unfortunately after his second return to the Alamo, he was killed. He is believed to have died manning one of the cannons in the interior of the Alamo chapel.
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    Texas and Pacific Railway Depot

    by keeweechic Updated Jan 28, 2003

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    The old depot was the second depot to be built in Bonham and was constructed in 1900. The original depot was a small wooden building which served both passengers and freight. From 1987 it has be the home to the Fannin County Museum of History with the Chamber of Commerce taking up residence in the other end in 1989. The building has been declared as a recorded historic landmark and it is also on the national register of historic places.
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    Fannin County Museum

    by keeweechic Updated Mar 19, 2004

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    The Museum's is in the Texas and Pacific Railway Depot and the exhibits cover the time before the Texas Revolution with the arrival of the early settlers through the years of the Republic of Texas and the Civil War through into the new century and 2 world wars.
    The couple that were there on the day I went were a wealth of information and very helpful with other information around Bonham. Tom Scott and Jean Dodson were very knowledgeable on the history of the area and a delight to talk to. I came away armed with various maps and pamphlets and with a very different awareness of Bonham's prominence than I had gone in with. My thanks.

    Open Tues - Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm (summer) and 12.00noon to 4.00pm (winter)

    Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

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    Prehistoric Fossils

    by keeweechic Updated May 6, 2003

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    In the Museum there is a small but amazing collection of fossils from the prehistoric days of the county. Remains can still be found around the Sulphur River Valley area. I was told that these items could even outdate those at the Smithsonian.
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    A Mammoths Tooth

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    One of the most amazing items was the tooth of a Mammoth. Hard to imagine that these mighty beasts roamed the area but by the size of the tooth, you certainly wouldn't have wanted to come across one.

    There are also Early Native American artifacts represented in the museum.
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    Charlie Christian Exhibit

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    Surprisingly to me, there is a small display on Jazz musician Charlie Christian who was born in Bonham in 1919. It is said that he provided the greatest single contribution of a jazz guitarist. He has been given credit for making the guitar a solo instrument. He also amplified his guitar so it could be heard with louder instruments in the band. Charlie also played in Benny Goodman's band for three years beginning in 1939. Unfortunately his life was brief and he died at 26 of tuberculosis.

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    Restored PT-19

    by keeweechic Written Jan 28, 2003

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    In the last section of the Museum is the exhibit "Bonham in the War" which portrays Bonham's role in the war effort when the Jones Field pilot training base was created at the municipal airport. The centrepiece of this exhibit is the restored blue and yellow Fairchild PT-19 airplane. This plane I was told was made up of pieces from all over the country as no complete plane existed anywhere. It was an amazing effort by the men who trained and supported the war effort in Bonham.
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    Fort Inglish Park

    by keeweechic Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a replica of the original settlement that existed in 1837 which later became Bonham. Early residents lived in constant threat of Indian attacks and Fort Inglish was often used as a refuge for settlers on the western edge of the Red River frontier. This particular settlement was constructed in 1976 and is open in the summer but with no heating, it is closed in the winter. You can however wander around the outside of all the buildings.

    Admission is free, donations accepted

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    General Store

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    Alexander Russell's general store is depicted in this building which is typical of the 1839-41 era. Russell's store was the first recorded business in Bonham. This building along with the blacksmiths shop were original part of the outbuildings at the Stagecoach Inn at Dodd City - 6 miles east of Bonham.

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    The Church / School

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    There is the replica of a school which doubled as a church - as they so often did back then. The cedar logs were cut along the Red River and the walls were constructed by inmates from Choice Moore Prison Unit in Bonham as a community Service. Bonham did not receive its first schoolhouse until 1843 and that building was just to the southeast of the courthouse square on land donated by Bailey Inglish.
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    The Hawkins Prairie Cabin

    by keeweechic Written Jan 28, 2003

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    The cabin was found inside a house that was being torn down in 1976. It may have been built around 1845 by a Z.C. Rowland who was the landowner at the time. The original use of the cabin was unknown but it was possibly used for slave quarters or a starter cabin for pioneer settlers. Hawkins Prairie was the original name for the present day community of Ivanhoe which is 15 miles N.E. of Bonham near the Red River.
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    Demonstrations during Summer

    by keeweechic Updated Jan 28, 2003

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    In the summer months you can see various pioneer activities being demonstrated. These include lye soap making, broom making, candle making and other outdoor skills.

    The stockade is open Tuesdays - Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. (September - March) and Tuesdays - Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (April - August). Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
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    Bailey Inglish

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    Bailey Inglish was the founder of Bonham. He was born in South Carolina but in 1836, but as a widower, he moved with five of his children to what is now known as Fannin County in Texas, he remarried later that same year. Because of the increase in Indian raids in the area, he and several neighbours constructed a fortified blockhouse and stockade on his land. Several families too refuge over the following several years but only one documented raid every took place there. The fort became known as Fort Inglish for several years with other small frontier families took refuge there. In 1840 a post office was established and in 1843 the settlement at Bois d'Arc Creek replaced Fort Warrn as county seat of Fannin County and soon the town was renamed in honour of James Butler Bonham.

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