Bonham Pop. 6,981 Alt. 568

General -

Seat of Fannin County in an area of Blackland Prairie south of the Red River that marks boundary between Texas and Oklahoma. The name and statue on courthouse square honor James Butler Bonham who died at the Alamo. Three small lakes at Caddo National Greenlands are open for visitors year round. Lake Davy Crockett and Coffee Mill Lake offer camoing, boating, and fishing. Lake Fannin offers boating and fishing.

Bonham State Park-

300 acres set on rolling, wooded site less than four miles from Bonham. Individual and group camping facilities; small lake offers fishing, swimming, and boating. Also bathhouse, snack bar (summer operation), miniature golf course, playground, and pedal-boat rentals. Access via Texas 78 south, F.M.271. Admission.

Fannin County Museum-

Pioneer, local, and regional history exhibits in restored 1900 Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot. Nine rooms of antique furniture, tools, vintage clothing, art, Indian artifacts, railroad memorabilia, photographs, and historical documents and records. Open Tues.-Sat. noon-4p.m., Sept.- March; Tues.-Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m., April-Aug. One Main Street; phone (903)583-8042.

Fort Inglish Park-

Replica of log blockhouse and stockade built by Bailey Inglish in 1837; nucleus of homesteads that became town of Bonham; also three original, restored log cabins , pioneer furnishings and artifacts. Open Apr. 1-Sept. 1., Tues.-Fri. 10a.m.-4p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1-5p.m. W. Sam Rayburn Dr. (903)583-3441.

Bonham Sam Rayburn House-

Home of the late "Mister Sam," who served as Speaker of The House Of Representatives longer than any other in American history. Built in 1916 and restored to 1961 condition, the year Sam Rayburn died. Original furniture, china, and personal effects. Hourly tours Tues.-Fri. 10a.m.-noon, Sat. 1-5p.m.; Sun. 2-5p.m. Reservations required for group tours; (903) 583-5558. U.S. 82, 1.5 miles west of city.

Sam Rayburn Library-

Elegant structure of white Georgia marble; library contains exact duplicate of Speaker Rayburn's U.S. Capitol office, from pattern on the tile floor to barrel-vaulted ceiling. Over desk is crystal chandelier, more rhan a century old, which hung in bothnWhite House and Capitol. Other mementos include many gavels used on historic occasions, and 2500-year-old Grecian urn given by Athens Palace Guard in appreciation for American aid. Open Mon.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sat. 1-5p.m.; Sun. 2-5p.m. On 4.3 acre tract along U.S. 82 four blocks werst of downtown; (903)583-2455.



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