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.

Bonham Quilt Hop is July 28th and 29th! Come join the family fun.

Click to visit the Quilt Hop page.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 @ 6:30 -8:30 PM
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Bonham ISD Trustees vote for Freeport Exemption

By Bonham Economic Development Corporation

Dec 12, 2017

Bonham to join the ranks of ‘Triple Freeport’ communities

Bonham -- With the unanimous actions taken Monday evening by the Bonham ISD Board of Trustees to approve a series of ‘PILOT’ Agreements with local industry, AND to rescind the prior action by Trustees in December 1989 to tax ‘Freeport goods’ the current board has effectively ‘Opted IN’ to the Freeport exemption. When combined with similar actions by the City of Bonham City Council and the Fannin County Commissioners’ Court for their respective jurisdiction ‘Bonham’ will be a ‘Triple Freeport’ community effective January 1, 2018!

Tonight’s action was presented by BISD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty, who credited Kip Thrush (GM Clayton-Bonham) Jeff Almendinger (CEO Trans Cable Int’l), Steve Filipowicz (Exec Dir – Economic Development) and many others with helping educate him on an approach to implementing the Freeport exemption that is virtually risk-free to BISD. Dr. Beaty praised Bonham’s industry for ‘stepping-up’ to this challenge. Implementation of ‘Freeport’ eliminates a significant property tax disadvantage that all Bonham-based manufacturers, warehouses and distribution operators have been at when compared to neighboring Texas communities like Denison, Greenville, Paris, Sherman and much of McKinney.

In a move that is perhaps unique to Bonham BISD and BEDCO with be executing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) that commits BEDCO to serve as a convenient single point of contact for BISD to communicate with the Bonham Manufacturers’ Roundtable member firms and for BEDCO to serve as fiscal agent for ‘the Roundtable’ to collect and forward (to BISD) funds contributed to make-up for the revenue shortfall or in the event of a delinquent PILOT Agreement signatory-firm.

Tonight’s action by the BISD Trustees is the culmination of a sustained yearlong dialogue that kicked-off in February 2017 when BEDCO’s Board of Directors voted to underwrite a Freeport Implementation Study to quantify the estimated costs of implementing the Freeport Bonham, BISD and Fannin County.

“This is an absolutely huge accomplishment that will be very useful in all our industrial retention, expansion and recruitment efforts,“ said Bonham Economic Development Executive Director Steve Filipowicz. “It is also a foundational piece in our on-going talks with G&WRR directly impacting an economically feasible way to bring freight rail back to Bonham.”

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus and Bonham got an early visit with tonight’s actions
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 The Last Ride of James Butler Bonham  will one day adorn the walls of the restored Fannin County Courthouse.

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