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. Visit the Fannin County Museum of History to see how Bonham was started and has changed over the last one hundred and eighty plus years. 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.

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Yesterday in History -- 157 years ago during the War Between the States on Monday, March 28, 1864, famous Confederate guerrilla leader William Clarke Quantrill (1837-1865) was arrested by Confederate forces at the town of Bonham in Fannin County, Texas.

☞According to the Texas State Historical Association’s Handbook of Texas Online: On this day in 1864, Civil War guerrilla leader William Quantrill was arrested by Confederate forces in Bonham, Texas. The Ohio native, wanted for murder in Utah by 1860, collected a group of renegades in the Kansas-Missouri area at the beginning of the Civil War. He fought with Confederate forces at the battle of Wilson’s Creek in August 1861 but soon thereafter began irregular independent operations. Quantrill & his band attacked Union camps, patrols, & settlements. While Union authorities declared him an outlaw, Quantrill eventually held the rank of colonel in the Confederate forces. After his infamous sack of Lawrence, Kansas, & the massacre of Union prisoners at Baxter Springs, Quantrill & his men fled to Texas in October of 1863. There he quarreled with his associate, William “Bloody Bill” Anderson, & his band preyed on the citizens of Fannin & Grayson counties. Acts of violence proliferated so much that regular Confederate forces had to be assigned to protect residents from the activities of the irregular Confederate forces, & Gen. Henry McCulloch determined to rid North Texas of Quantrill’s influence. On March 28, 1864, when Quantrill appeared at Bonham as requested, McCulloch had him arrested on the charge of ordering the murder of a Confederate major. Quantrill escaped that day & returned to his camp near Sherman, pursued by more than 300 state & Confederate troops. He & his men crossed the Red River into Indian Territory. Except for a brief return in May, Quantrill’s activities in Texas were at an end. Quantrill was killed by Union forces at the very end of the war.

☞The undated cabinet-card photograph, which was made by “Burdge” of Independence, Missouri, depicts the moustachioed visage of William Clarke Quantrill.
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Yesterday in History -- 157 years ago during the War Between the States on Monday, March 28, 1864, famous Confederate guerrilla leader William Clarke Quantrill (1837-1865) was arrested by Confederate forces at the town of Bonham in Fannin County, Texas.

☞According to the Texas State Historical Association’s Handbook of Texas Online: On this day in 1864, Civil War guerrilla leader William Quantrill was arrested by Confederate forces in Bonham, Texas. The Ohio native, wanted for murder in Utah by 1860, collected a group of renegades in the Kansas-Missouri area at the beginning of the Civil War. He fought with Confederate forces at the battle of Wilson’s Creek in August 1861 but soon thereafter began irregular independent operations. Quantrill & his band attacked Union camps, patrols, & settlements. While Union authorities declared him an outlaw, Quantrill eventually held the rank of colonel in the Confederate forces. After his infamous sack of Lawrence, Kansas, & the massacre of Union prisoners at Baxter Springs, Quantrill & his men fled to Texas in October of 1863. There he quarreled with his associate, William “Bloody Bill” Anderson, & his band preyed on the citizens of Fannin & Grayson counties. Acts of violence proliferated so much that regular Confederate forces had to be assigned to protect residents from the activities of the irregular Confederate forces, & Gen. Henry McCulloch determined to rid North Texas of Quantrill’s influence. On March 28, 1864, when Quantrill appeared at Bonham as requested, McCulloch had him arrested on the charge of ordering the murder of a Confederate major. Quantrill escaped that day & returned to his camp near Sherman, pursued by more than 300 state & Confederate troops. He & his men crossed the Red River into Indian Territory. Except for a brief return in May, Quantrill’s activities in Texas were at an end. Quantrill was killed by Union forces at the very end of the war.

☞The undated cabinet-card photograph, which was made by “Burdge” of Independence, Missouri, depicts the moustachioed visage of William Clarke Quantrill.
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WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN BONHAM THIS WEEKEND?
Rock Out 78 at the Powder Creek Pavilion 8pm.
FANNIN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM-Sat. 12 to 4pm
CREATIVE ARTS CENTER- Sat. 10 am TO 2 pm
SAM RAYBURN HOUSE- Sat. 10 am to 4 pm
FORT INGLISH- Sat. Noon to 3 pm,
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