Introduction to Bonham, Texas
Bailey Inglish constructed Fort Inglish in this area in 1837, which led to the establishment of a community which was initially known as "Bois D'Arc". In 1843, it was renamed "Bonham" in honor of the hero of the Battle of the Alamo, James Butler Bonham. On February 2, 1848, Bonham was officially incorporated. The city experienced significant growth after it was connected to the Texas and Pacific Railroad in the 1880s. It soon had grain mills, saw mills, a power plant, an ice plant, and streetcars. The Texas Power and Light Company was established in Bonham, and in 1925, the city received connections to natural gas lines.
Bonham and Nearby Attractions
- Sam Rayburn House Museum
- Fannin County Museum
- Fort Inglish Park
- Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site
- Bonham State Recreation Area
Things To Do In Bonham
Bonham is home to several places of historic interest. The Fannin County Museum, located in the city, houses local and regional historical artifacts in a restored 1900 Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot. Sam Rayburn House Museum showcases exhibits which reflect the life of the 20th century politician. His 1916 home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Another attraction in Bonham is the Fort Inglish Park which features the replica of a log house built in 1837 by Bailey Inglish, and also includes restored log cabins and other pioneer artifacts. Bonham State Park, which is situated on more than 260 acres, offers facilities for swimming, boating, camping, mountain biking, and picnicking.
Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Bonham Higher Education
Austin College, Paris Junior College, Texas A&M University - Commerce, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University are some of the colleges close to Bonham.