Restoring the Fannin County courthouse

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

FANNIN COUNTY, TX - Restoring the county courthouse is a top priority for Fannin County Commissioners. It was also the top item on their agenda.

Commissioners applied for a grant from the Texas Historical Commission and were awarded $400,000 dollars. That money will go toward the first phase of the restoration.

Overall, the entire project is expected to cost around $14,000 Million. Barbara McCutcheon, the Steering Committee Chair says, "We feel we can raise this money through other grants. There are possibilities out there. We're not going to give up. We want our courthouse restored to its 1888 grandeur. We're going to do our best."

Commissioners say they plan to take a countywide poll in the next few months, to see if citizens are in favor of the project.

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  • by Bill Location: Canyon, Texas on May 1, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    I hope you can restore your courthouse. I live in Randall County and we finally are restoring our 1909 courthouse after more than 25 years of arguing and fighting about it. Last year, a majority of the voters and all of our county commissioners approved the restoration. Work is now in progress. DON'T GIVE UP! You will have a beautiful addition to your city and everyone will love it when you are done. Check out the Wharton County Courthouse restoration on the Internet. It seems like a similar project that was very successful. Good luck!
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Feb 21, 2008 at 11:11 PM
    This is a Fannin Co. decision, and I wish them well. However, I am concerned about a trend toward seeing everything as disposable. Beyond that, this is also a financial responsibility issue. This structure has serverd the taxpayers of Fannin Co. for 120 years! My word! Did the citizens back in 1888 get a bargain or what?! Yet I wonder how many thought it was too expensive to build back then. Could they have imagined this building being in service this long? Probably not, but they built it so that it could. A $14 million restoration on a building such as this, even if it cannot accomodate EVERYTHING, may render another 120 years of service. A new building MIGHT give you 30 years. This is not just a history for historys sake issue. Those early Fannin Co settlers left you with a legacy that shouldn't be discarded as a matter of expediency. I urge you to continue to be good stewards of that gift. Your great, great grand children may find you got a real bargain for $14 million.
  • by Supporter Location: Bonham on Feb 21, 2008 at 11:00 AM
    I seems we have several opinions represented once again. Som with the facts and some without. Some say we shouldn't live in the past but take not that those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it. I think anytime there is a chance to restore such a great structure then it should be take. If the county can get the 6 million from the state a long with other grants and funds it might cost the tax payers nothing or at the most very little. Lets show that the history of our county is importand and stand for something cause so often time in this county we don't and then we seem to grap about what could have been or what should have been.
  • by Jolene Location: Ector on Feb 20, 2008 at 03:11 PM
    My opinion is "NO" to the restoration and that is the way I would vote. As stated in a previous posting, we would still have a courthouse with too little space. I am not sure why everyone wants to live in the past. While it was an impressive looking structure then, I say go for functionality not some deep seated longing for days-gone-by. I would like a lot of things the way they used to be, but they are not going to happen. So, I think we all need to put on our "big people" pants and join the current century and only worry about spending money on the courthouse that will get us a courthouse that will meet the NEEDS of the county - not some people's over enthusiastic need for history.
  • by Steve Location: Fannin on Feb 20, 2008 at 02:41 PM
    I dont think the 1888 courthouse had A.C. The Restored one? That would make it a 14million replica.
  • by CD Location: Ector on Feb 20, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    If you want to do something for Bonham, do something about the schools, they are atrocious. I'm not alluding to the teachers, but the supervisory staff at the Middle School needs a serious wake-up call.
  • by ra Location: fannin on Feb 20, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    I agree with James. We need to look to the future. Unfortunately, so many of our county leaders don't seem to think that is necessary.
  • by Bob Location: Bonham on Feb 20, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    Lets save this great piece of history. The building is in great shape after they had someone come out and approved it was. Why take history away? Look what happen to old Denison High, people tried and tried to save it and look what happen....CITY OF DENISON didn't care and made it come down. That was apart of history which is now gone forever....People listen up.... I know many of you guys lived or heard stories about the courthouse and when it caught fire. If you have seen pictures just look at how pretty it was and what we can make it out to be. Downtown Bonham is pretty and needs help with the buildings, but aleast lets welcome out of twon folks to downtown and let them see our courthouse when it is said and done. LET HISTORY LIVE! I support the cause why can't you....If you need more information, do what I did and go to the Bonham Library next to City Hall. They have lots of great things about the courthouse that I didn't know and how some of the orginal pieces are still around.
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Feb 20, 2008 at 07:11 AM
    Hey savedenisonhistory folks, you should get involved. You might actually win this one. Do you still have some of those "pledges" you claimed to have? They are looking for money.
  • by Fannin Resident Location: Ector on Feb 20, 2008 at 07:06 AM
    I'll answer the poll right now...No, I'm not in favor. What a horrible waste of time and money.
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