Take a leisurely stroll in
downtown Bonham and wrap yourself in Bonham’s past with a historic
walkabout featuring the people, places, and events associated with
nearly two centuries of Texas legend, as it unfolded before the
eye’s of Bonham’s citizens!
The Downtown Walkabout features
twelve informational plaques affixed to various buildings around the
square and just off the square. Learn about Confederate renegade
William Quantrill’s escape from confinement in the Fannin County
courthouse. Hear the ricocheting bullets of the shootout between
suspected Yankee spies and Confederate stalwart Dan Byers.
The road company of "Uncle
Tom’s Cabin" found the atmosphere on the stage of the Russell
Opera House to be too hot on the eve of Jefferson Davis’ funeral
and had to high-tail it out of town sans scenery, costumes, and a
The Walkabout brochures and
detailed maps are available from merchants around the square and
here at the Chamber Office. Share
with us in the celebration of our heritage and our excitement,
whether you are a visitor...or a citizen who has never done the
History of our
Bonham is named in honor of James
Butler Bonham, who died defending
the Alamo against the Mexican Army
of Santa Anna.
Twice, Bonham slipped through the Mexican lines as he
went for help for the beleaguered forces defending the fort. Two times
So, our town was named for a hero from
South Carolina who came to Texas to support its’ struggle for independence.
James Butler Bonham