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

Fannin County

 
 
Fannin County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. Fannin County Marker
Inscription. This area was first settled by Anglo - Americans who traveled up the Red River by steamboat in 1836. Fannin County was created in 1837, organized 1838, and named for James W. Fannin (1805-36), who was massacred with his soldiers at Goliad (March 27, 1836) after surrendering to the Mexican Army.

County officials first met at Jacob Black's cabin on the Red River. The county seat was moved in 1840 to Warren and in 1843 to Bois d' Arc, which was renamed in 1844 in honor of James Butler Bonham (1807-36), a hero of the siege of the Alamo.
 
Erected 1936 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 8872.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 33° 34.67′ N, 96° 10.736′ W. Marker is in Bonham, Texas, in Fannin County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and West 5th Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 East Sam Rayburn Drive, Bonham TX 75418, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arledge Ridge Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away);
Marker in front of Fannin County Courthouse (left of photo). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. Marker in front of Fannin County Courthouse (left of photo).
Ashley Lodge No. 681, A. F. & A. M. (approx. 10 miles away); Joseph Sowell (approx. 11 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The plaque on the pink granite was replaced in 1975.

The marker was originally located in 1936 at a roadside park on State Highway 56 near County Road 3011, two miles miles east of downtown Bonham. The Texas Department of Transportation removed the roadside park (now used as a utility lot), and the marker was relocated to the courthouse grounds as part of the 2015 restoration project.
 
Also see . . .  Texas State Historical Association article on Fannin County. (Submitted on August 10, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Fannin County 1936 Pink Granite Centennial Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
3. Fannin County 1936 Pink Granite Centennial Marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 420 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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