"Bois D'Arc" became county seat in turn on January
16, 1843, apparently for two reasons: the Indian threat at Warren, and
a shift in political power that strengthened the Bois D'Arc community.
Fort Warren ( located in the far NW corner of today's Fannin County) no
longer wielded significant influence on the development of the county after
this move. In 1844 Bois D'Arc was renamed Bonham in honor of James Butler
Bonham,qv a defender of the Alamo. The inhabitants wanted the name to be
changed to Bloomington, but the Texas legislature wanted to honor a war
hero. Bonham has continued to be the major center of commerce for Fannin
the Handbook of Texas - Online
The Courthouse burned on New Years Eve 1929.
This photograph is from Debbie Crofford. It shows
the courthouse with the fire out. Either on
New Year's Eve 1929 or New Years Day 1930.
In 1930 the courthouse was rebuilt
keeping the exterior and some of the lower sections still intact.
Few records were lost.
The 1930's version included four clocks and a modernized
Later in the 1960's, the 1930's decorations were removed
and the colored panels affixed to
make it look "Mod" . By the late 1970's, the people
wanted the courthouse returned to the 1930's design and the clocks were
found intact in the courthouse. Money was raised to restore them and they
were taken somewhere. However this never was completed. The location of
the clocks is unknown.
If you have further info. Please
For some reason the decorative
clocks and decorative pieces on this building
were removed in the 1960's,
leaving it a plain undecorated
Fannin County ~ County Clerk's Office
political advertisement showcasing the courthouse
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Fannin County Courthouse
Today-Jun 2007, a move
is afoot to restore it to its originial 1800's splendor.
If you have any early
photographs, please email them.
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