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Bonham in Fannin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fannin County Courthouses

 
 
Fannin County Courthouses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 13, 2016
1. Fannin County Courthouses Marker
Inscription.  Commissioners’ Court first met at Jacob Black’s cabin on Feb. 26, 1836, before Fannin County was officially organized. In 1838 Warren (near present Ambrose in Grayson County) was named the county seat. The courthouse built there in 1840 was a two-story oak and cedar structure with rough plank floors. In 1843 the county seat was moved to Bois d'Arc; town’s name was changed to Bonham, for an Alamo hero, the next year. Judge John P. Simpson donated land for the small log courthouse of 1843. Later another cabin was built with a breezeway connecting the two. In the early courthouse jurors sat above the courtroom in a loft that could be reached only by an outside ladder.

This log building served until 1881 when a two-story brick structure was erected at the same location. This was replaced in 1888 by a three-story courthouse made of native stone from Gober, south of Bonham, and built by Scottish-born stonemasons Kane and Cormack. Fire in 1929 destroyed the clock steeple, and the building was remodeled.

Using part of the 1888 structure, this courthouse was constructed in 1965-66 with a facade of Leuders stone. It was dedicated by
Fannin County Courthouses Marker (<i>tall view; Fannin County Courthouse entrance in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 13, 2016
2. Fannin County Courthouses Marker (tall view; Fannin County Courthouse entrance in background)
Governor John Connally.
(1974)

 
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8871.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsPolitical Subdivisions.
 
Location. 33° 34.638′ N, 96° 10.723′ W. Marker is in Bonham, Texas, in Fannin County. Marker is on East Sam Rayburn Drive (State Highway 56) west of North Center Street (State Highway 78), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the Fannin County Courthouse grounds, beside the sidewalk directly in front of the main south courthouse entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 East Sam Rayburn Drive, Bonham TX 75418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spanish-American War Memorial (here, next to this marker); James Butler Bonham (within shouting distance of this marker); Fannin County (within shouting distance of this marker); Bonham Daily Favorite (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wesley Hardin (about 400 feet away); Bailey Inglish (approx. 0.6 miles away); Arledge Ridge Cemetery (approx. 4.1 miles away); Ector Lodge No. 687, A. F. & A. M. (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bonham.
 
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Fannin County Courthouse (<i>south side; marker visible left of sidewalk</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 13, 2016
3. Fannin County Courthouse (south side; marker visible left of sidewalk)
 Fannin County Courthouse. This 1888 Fannin County Courthouse was designed in the Second Empire style of architecture by Waco-based architect Wesley Clark Dodson (1829–1914) of the firm Dodson and Dudley. Its central clock tower and elaborate mansard roof were destroyed by fire on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1929, and were replaced by a flat roof. In 1965 the courthouse was modernized, the remaining roof pediments were removed and the exterior was covered with a smooth surface of what is called Lueders stone or Lueders limestone, so that it now appears to be a Moderne or rather plain Art Deco building. (Submitted on January 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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