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.