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  • Sam Rayburn Library and Museum
    Sam Rayburn Library and Museum
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    Bonham Historic District
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  • Fannin County Courthouse
    Fannin County Courthouse
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  • Fort Inglish Park

    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...

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  • Sam Rayburn Library and Museum

    Heading out on Hwy 121 is the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum. You cannot miss this tall white columned building. The 2 storey library contains memorabilia and furnishings from the Washington office of Sam Rayburn. Sam or "Mr Sam" as he is affectionately known, was one of the country's most powerful and influential Speakers of the House. His...

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  • The Sam Rayburn House Museum

    Mr Sam built this house in 1916 originally for his parents but was also his official residence. All the furnishings are original and undisturbed and there are many personal items on display. The house was remodelled in 1934 after a severe storm hit the area and an original 2nd level porch was destroyed. This was not replaced but instead a 4th...

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  • Fannin County Museum

    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...

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  • Mr Sam's Bedroom

    Mr. Sam's bedroom is huge compared to a lot of those times. There are many personal mementos which he collected during his 50 years of public service. He has his own bathroom and also had a shower installed. There is a saddle and a pair of cowboy boots at the foot of the bed - true Texan style. He was a small man, his shoe size was only 7 and more...

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  • Presidential Chandelier

    There is a huge crystal and silver chandelier which dominates the room. It was originally in the White House but President Theodore Roosevelt didn't like the noise it created when the breeze caught the hundreds of cut crystals and ordered it to be removed. It was given to Mr Sam for the speakers office because he apparently liked it. When he left...

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  • 'Mr Sam'

    Samuel "Sam" Taliaferro Rayburn was born in 1882 and was 5 years old when his parents moved from Tennessee to Texas. He was the 8th of 11 children . His parents were poor and his upbringing was very humble but he rose to become not only one of Texas'greatest Statesmen but also of the United States. From 1906 he held elective office for 55...

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  • Days of the Railroad

    With the building the Museum is now housed in, there are also displays relating to the first railroad that was built in this area in a room totally devoted to the arrival in 1873 of the Iron Horse..

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  • Prehistoric Fossils

    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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  • The Formal Dining Room

    The formal dining room is bright and colourful - the dinner set was a wedding present. Amazingly his marriage to Metze Jones only lasted about 2 months and he never remarried and consequently never had children. The cutlery was a present from the Prime Minister of Thailand. The chandelier was a present from Mr Sam to his sister Lou which he bought...

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  • Lucinda's Bedroom

    One of the upstairs bedroom belonged to his unmarried sister Lucinda who reigned over the house. She was also Mr Sam's social companion, and confident and lived with him in the house throughout her life. She was closest to him of all his ten brothers and sisters. Lucinda died of cancer in 1956..

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  • The Property

    On the property is a historic smoke-house, and barn. The garage still houses his 1951 Dodge farm truck and Miss Lou's 1955 Plymouth Savoy. Chickens and rooster roam the grounds which adds to the feeling of the farm still being lived in..

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  • A.B. Scarborough Home

    This is a really beautiful 1897 Queen Anne style house which has been wonderfully preserved. The original owner was for a long time, President of the First National Bank, which obviously did well. The original colour of the house was tan and dark brown before it was changed to white over 60 years ago but the house still retains its lovely mahogany...

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  • The Galleries

    In the west part of the Library and Museum are two exhibit galleries which feature items from Sam Rayburn's life. There is his college diploma and original letters written by Presidents F. D. Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. There are many photographs and caricatures hanging on the walls..

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  • The Book Collection

    A large portion of the library houses Mr Sam's personal collection of books. He was an avid reader and after completing a book he would put a mark on page 99 of each book to show he had read it. A lot of the books are about American government and history but some are also personally inscribed by authors or admirers such as Franklin D. Roosevelt,...

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Bonham Restaurants

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    This nice restaurant is right on downtown square. They serve a light breakfast and lunch which includes sandwiches, soups and salads. Large open windows look out onto the square. They are open Mon - Sat 8.15am -2.00p.m.
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Bonham Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written Jan 28, 2003

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    Travelling From Sherman - take Hwy 82/56 East to Bonham.

    From Dallas - take Hwy 75 North to McKinney, then Hwy. 121 North to Bonham, Hwy. 56 East.

    From Oklahoma City - take IS 35 South to Gainesville and 82 East to Bonham.
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  • Bewley's 5c - $5.00 Store

    This little store was amazing - locked in a time warp. Whatever you could imagine both from decades ago to current times, you would probably find in this store. The old wood floor boards support original counter displays which create aisles through this two roomed store. Anything from ribbons, cottons and embroidery, tools, kitchenware, mouse...

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  • Kountry Kraft Mall

    This is just one of the little craft and antique stores on the Mall. There is a mixture of ornaments, handmade crafts items, soaps and candles etc. Two ladies jointly own the store..

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Bonham Local Customs

  • UFO - Flying Saucer Sighting

    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...

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  • Noted Residents

    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...

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  • Annual Events

    July - Kueckelhan RodeoOctober - 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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Bonham Warnings and Dangers

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    The sale of alcoholic beverages within the City of Bonham is prohibited by law so you won't find any liquor stores.
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Bonham Off The Beaten Path

  • Sherman

    Sherman was named for General Sidney Sherman who was a cavalry officer famous for coining the phrase "Remember the Alamo". The city boasts one of Texas' highest per capita incomes and constitutes the largest commercial market between Dallas and Tulsa. There are several historic homes and buildings as well as having a lovely downtown shopping area....

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  • McKinney

    McKinney has over 1,700 historic homes and buildings and the town has earned a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Apart from its history, there are also more than 100 specialty shops, antique stores and restaurants in and around the historic downtown area. There is also a 289acre Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife...

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  • Denison

    Denison is 27 miles north west of Bonham and sits in a rolling and wooded terrain which stretches northward to the shores of Lake Texoma and the Red River Valley. The 34th President of the United States (Dwight Einsenhower) was born in a modest little two-storey house in 1890 which is much visited in Denison. There is 10 acres of a historical...

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Bonham Favorites

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    by keeweechic Written Jan 28, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I came across Bonham as being a possible place of interest. There seemed, by researching the web, enough there to warrant a visit. The day started out sunny and cloudless, it changed into low cloud then about 10 minutes of heavy fog until it finally lifted to high cloud when approaching Bonham.

    The town square itself was a disappointment on others I had seen but a lot of construction was also going on. I later learnt that there was a huge upgrade in process. Bonham has been selected for the Main Street program where many historical buildings and homes benefit from restoration efforts. Work has begun on the downtown square and some of the buildings on the square. There will be a Heritage Trail as well as development down to the old dam. Given a few years, Bonham should be an attractive little city as well as what is now, an interesting one.

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