Bonham’s signature symbol could left off new water tower

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

BONHAM, Tex. -- It’s been on the city's water tower for the past fifty years, but soon the famous Bonham Purple Warrior logo could be gone forever. There are no plans to paint the symbol on the city's new water tower, a decision some residents and former alumni are trying to change.

It has overlooked downtown Bonham for half a century, but it’s time keeping watch over the Warrior faithful could soon be over.

Barbara Cox graduated from Bonham High School back in 1961, and except for 18 months, she has spent her whole life in Bonham.

That’s why she was surprised to hear the Warrior logo she's grown to love would not be painted on the city's new water tower.

"We’ve always had pride in Bonham and in Bonham High School and that is a sense of pride, the Warrior Head," Cox says.

"I couldn’t believe it."

Cox isn't alone. As word spread, alumni and former residents from across the country started calling in and e-mailing city officials asking them to reconsider the decision and keep the Warrior Sprirt alive.

"I don’t think many of us thought that people were that passionate about it, it was nice but as you can tell today, it is faded ten years later, but apparently they are," Bonham mayor Roy Floyd says.

After some adjustments to the city's water lines earlier this year, a new water tower had to be installed at the intersection of Highway 121 and Highway 56.

City officials say the contract for the new tower calls for it to be painted with the words "City Of Bonham" on it but not with the Warrior Head, an oversight they say they are trying to correct and one that could end up costing upwards of $10,000.

"It’s not something that you just run up there and paint on there. You’re way high in the air, and it has to be large, and it takes a great deal of work to do that," Floyd says.

Floyd and other city officials are working with residents to come up with a plan to raise the money, but for now all those who bleed purple like Barbara will have to wait and see.

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  • by earth calling! Location: out of this world on May 20, 2008 at 10:03 PM
    Oh, yes Molly! Let's ask them! ..... wait, I don't hear anything......nope just more bs from Bush, well...that's not new...oh wait...higher gas prices....hmmm, groceries are higher....did you ask the soldiers if it was OK about the gas prices/ groceries? I guess that must've gone straight to voicemail or something...or they aren't here....OH! I get it! Do you?
  • by molly on May 19, 2008 at 11:00 AM
    let's ask all the boys and girls in iraq what they think of this important issue.they might be a little busy fightin for there lives to worry about somthing as important as a water tower.
  • by WhipperSnapper Location: Not "Bottom" on May 18, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    bonham resident,Do you feel better now?..ok,I feel that I need to comment on here to point out how ridiculous the whole situation is and how Bottom resindents arent going to be happy no matter what the outcome is because they are a bunch whiners that need to get a life and find something better to do with their life besides causing drama for no good reason. Ok that was my 2 cents again...thanks for listening!
  • by bonham res Location: bonham on May 17, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    If you dont live in bonham what buisness do you have talking about it and what difference does it make if its on our water tower if you dont like it DONT COME TO BONHAM!! We dont need your hate in our town any way!
  • by Dookey Location: Shermboro on May 16, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    Amen Pronative! I bet they wouldn't get away with this in Oklahoma, where Native American pride runs a little deeper. You know they did away with the Savages, right? Also, it has already been mentioned and no one has rebutted, it is very similar to slang for the male organ. So you go ahead, you Purple Headed Warriors, and display your mascot with a $10,000 painting on your water tower.
  • by Steven Location: Wright on May 16, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    They say you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. So I got rid of everything so I could see what I had.
  • by WhipperSnapper Location: Thankfully not Bonham on May 16, 2008 at 04:48 AM
    Pronative, the people of Bottom have no life and just need something to gripe about. If the city did go ahead and pint it on the tower then they would be complaining about wasting tax money. Its a no win situation, hopefully something new will come up and they will forget about this and move on to something else.Its just a matter of having nothing better to do, the only reason I even comment on here is to point out how ridiculous the whole situation is.C'mon Bottom is this what its really coming down to? Get a life please!!
  • by PRONATIVE Location: NATIVE AMERICA on May 15, 2008 at 07:54 PM
    Since when did you rednecks in "Bottom, TX" start honoring the Native American? There is no such thing as a Purple Warrior in the Native American culture. I doubt you teach anything about Native culture in your schools, except to say that all Natives are the same. Your mascot is a joke and so is your logo. At least you won't see Natives honoring anything about "Bottom, TX!"
  • by Mike Location: Sherman on May 15, 2008 at 07:26 PM
    Bonham Warrior (class of 76). I remember growing up in Bonham when the most important thing was the local teams. That was what made Bonham the proudest school in the district. That sense of pride transferred throughout the town. Friday nights were a sight to see. The water tower was just a small symbol of that pride, but a very visible one. I no longer live in Bonham but I will always bleed Purple and White. The question shouldn't be who needs to do what or even how much it would cost. 10,000 seems like a relatively easy amount to come up with. If all the Bonhi students and exes contributed just $5.00 to the cause and challenged the community to match the funds we could make this happen. It's once again time to show some Purple Pride.
  • by Tina Location: Bonham on May 15, 2008 at 06:02 PM
    Did you notify the police on their non-emergency number? If so they could issue the owner a citation for mistreatment of animals.
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