Historic Bonham statue to receive restoration

By: Alexandra Carter Email
By: Alexandra Carter Email

(BONHAM, TEXAS) -- The Fannin County Historical Commission has been trying to restore the James Butler Bonham statue for more than a year. Now, it looks like the project is a go after commissioners approved a $20,000 restoration.

Bonham residents say the James Butler Bonham statue, the city's namesake, used to be the pride and joy of the city.

Resident Bryan Peeler says, " I remember as a child it was very shiny and seemed to be very new even though I think it was put in before I was born..but it's always been there."

This statue is one of 20 across the state dedicated to the heroes who played instrumental roles in fighting for Texas independence. Bonham's statue, along with the others were erected on Texas' 100th birthday, March 2, 1936. Historians say James Butler Bonham was a true patriot, fighting to the death at the Battle of The Alamo.

Tom Thornton " everybody else was already killed..and he was in charge..and he's also known cause he tried to get help..and came back..and was killed with the rest of them..so he was a true hero for the independence of Texas."

The James Butler Bonham statue is at the center of fond memories for many residents.

Tom Thornton, " my dad worked for the picture shows..and I spent a lot of time downtown and on that statue..playing."
Bryan Peeler " the governor came up to talk..and that was Governor John Connally and I remember standing on the base of the statue so we could see Governor Connally talk."

The restoration will cost around $20,000 and should be done by the 75th anniversary of the statue's dedication on December 18.

Johni Warren owns a barber shop across from the court house and says he's looking forward to seeing the results.

Johni Warren, " i'm positive the better things look around us, the better we'll be ya know..surround yourself with beauty and you'll look better."

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