Bonham Visitors Center is here to help guide visitors and tour groups to the many attractions, museums, and events in and around the City of Bonham, Texas and surrounding Fannin County. Dating back to 1837, we are one of the oldest cities in Texas. Offering restaurants for dining with friends and family, Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts for a special get-away, Our quaint little city is an amazing jewel just an hour north of Dallas.

Most notable from here is former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Sam Rayburn. We are home to the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum and the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, Mr. Sam’s former home. One of our new attractions is the Barn Quilt Trail. It’s the largest in Texas and offers hours of sightseeing enjoyment. Be sure to plan to visit Bonham, Tx on your next trip.

February is Black History Month, join in the celebration!

LONELL PHEA
Lonell Phea is a graduate of Bonham High School, and a four year member fo the Bonhi District Championship football team.  In 1977 Lonell was a member of the 3 A 440 relay team which set a State Conference Record of 41.3 in the 1977 and 1978 as well as the Bonham team winning the State Track Championship in 1978.  Other members of the 1977 team were Mitchell Bennett, Ronnie Brinlee and Milton Brown.  
After graduation Lonell Phea played for the University of Houston as a Running Back and Wide Receiver. During Lonells collegiate career, he was one of two players to participate in four Bowl games (1978-1981).  He was drafted by the New York Jets in the 6th round.  He lives in Bonham, is single parent and is business for himself.

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Lonell had an older brother, Willie, who did pretty well in the Lone Star Conference in the mid 70's. I believe Howard Payne Univ.

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" BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION FEBRUARY 24 IN BONHAM " A recruit of the legendary Darrell Royal who went on to be a three year letterman as a halfback with the University of Texas Longhorns during the...

Lonnie was and is a good man— on and off the field. He was the first Black athlete ( I believe) to get a football scholarship to Texas.

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"BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION HIGHLIGHTS SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING ATHLETES OF FANNIN COUNTY"""
February 24th in the Bailey Inglish Cafeteria, at 2:00 p.m. you will have the chance to hear and ask questions of some of the top athletes from three different areas of Fannin County.
From Ladonia will be Roy Gaffney (Elder Gaffney) who was a member of the 1988-89 Fanninel High School basketball team that captured the Texas High School State Class A Basketball championship in 1989.
Honey Grove is represented by Jessie Morris, who was a running back and track star in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
Bonham Warriors are represented by Lonell Phea, Lonnie Bennett, and Lady Warrior Michelle Johnson Williams. All of this group of athletes were track stars. Setting state track records that were not broken for years. Lonnie Bennett and Lonell Phea were also football players who played college as well. Lonell went on to to play for the New York Jets.
Take time to bring a young athlete to see and hear about young men and women who made a difference in their lives and in their school's, with sports and the way they played them. Each of these athletes have a different story to tell about there early lives and their lives today.
This is a free event for the public. Join us on Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. and take a step back into the past when we celebrate these great athletes and contributions they made to our communities."
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BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION HIGHLIGHTS SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING ATHLETES OF FANNIN COUNTY
   February 24th in the Bailey Inglish Cafeteria, at 2:00 p.m. you will have the chance to hear and ask questions of some of the top athletes from three different areas of Fannin County.
   From Ladonia will be Roy Gaffney (Elder Gaffney) who was a member of the 1988-89 Fanninel High School basketball team that captured the Texas High School State Class A Basketball championship in 1989.
   Honey Grove is represented by Jessie Morris, who was a running back and track star in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
   Bonham Warriors are represented by Lonell Phea, Lonnie Bennett, and Lady Warrior Michelle Johnson Williams. All of this group of athletes were track stars. Setting state track records that were not broken for years. Lonnie Bennett and Lonell Phea were also football players who played college as well. Lonell went on to to play for the New York Jets.
   Take time to bring a young athlete to see and hear about young men and women who made a difference in their lives and in their schools, with sports and the way they played them. Each  of these athletes have a different story to tell about there early lives and their lives today.
   This is a free event for the public. Join us on Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. and take a step back into the past when we celebrate these great athletes and contributions they made to our communities.

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Mike Jones was All-State in basketball at Trenton ( they did not play football then) and all- conference at Howard Payne...when his basketball eligibility was used up, he played and starred as a defensive end in football.

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