Restoring a Fannin Co. landmark

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. -- The Fannin County Courthouse may be able to be restored to its original glory. Construction crews removed several panels from the current courthouse on Tuesday to see if what's left of the original 1888 structure can be refurbished.

Officials with the company say there's no asbestos on the old stones, and restoration to its original form is definitely possible, but there has been no word yet on what that will cost.

Barbara McCutcheon of the Bonham Public Library says, "This is really good news for us. The estimator took a look at the building, and he has determined that she’s not in bad shape at all, really good shape, and that’s good news for us."

The group plans to apply for a state grant $6 million to help pay for the restoration.


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  • by Lisa Location: Bonham on Sep 12, 2007 at 07:29 PM
    I have grown up in Fannin County. I don't remember the courthouse underneath the building we see today, but my parents and grandparents do remember. When my family heard about the efforts of our Commissioners to restore the courthouse, the idea brought tears to my grandparents eyes. My family wants the courthouse restored, and I want it restored for them. I will do my best to help this project to become a reality. God Bless all the wonderful people trying to restore some dignity to our entire community.
  • by lifetime resident Location: Bonham on Sep 12, 2007 at 04:01 PM
    I have lived in this town for 27 years and spending money is what we do best, but for what reasons I've yet to find and see! Our city streets are terrible, the water system is aweful, and I just have a hard time believing that this is money well spent. First and foremost, is the grant large enough to cover the full $6 million and if not where will the rest of the monies come from? Does this grant cover the cost of just restoring the outside or the inside as well? Is restoring the old courthouse exactly what we need, will we outgrow this space in 2 years or so and then spend $6 million more to rebuild a larger courthouse and then who will fund that project when we've outgrown a building that was designed in 1888. There are many historical markers in this town that have been torn down, or left for shambles. I do believe that it would make for a beautiful project; but to then turn around and spend money in a couple of years to build again, just doesn't make sensable spending.
  • by Fannin Resident Location: Ector on Sep 12, 2007 at 02:15 PM
    To someone who's only been here ten years, there's alot that you don't know - take it from someone who has been here 51 years and is 6th generation to this county. There are too many other more important things that Fannin county needs to address and another monument isn't it. Has anyone bothered to start cleaning up from the fire or is that still an heaping pile of debris? Mediocrity? No, just reality. Vote - every chance I get, does it make a difference - not in the least. The "good ol' boy" syndrome is alive and well.
  • by Lifetime resident Location: Fannin County on Sep 12, 2007 at 01:15 PM
    Has anyone realized that downtown Bonham is almost a ghost town? Who's going to see this millions of dollars reconstruction? Rebuild it out by Wal-Mart on 121 and it'll be noticed.
  • by "new" Fannin resident of only10 years Location: North Fannin County on Sep 12, 2007 at 12:15 PM
    Restoring the majesty of the historic old courthouse may serve to alter the self-defeatist expectation of mediocrity and "poor mouth" that is painfully prevalent among the citizens of this county. There is much about Fannin County history worthy of pride, but sadly hidden behind priceless old buildings, houses and streets allowed to deteriorate by neglectful owners and near-sighted local government. This project has the potential to cross political, economic, ethnic, cultural and denominational lines to unite the entire community behind a lasting tribute to its strong Texas-pioneering spirit. The money to accomplish this project won't come out of the pockets of the "working poor", the elderly, the derelict or the near-sighted, nor will it take away from the funds already available to welfare and assistance programs. To the Ector resident: corruption is the direct product of the complacency of those not willing to get involved. Go vote! That's still your most valuable "freebie".
  • by Edith Location: Bonham on Sep 12, 2007 at 11:26 AM
    I think restoring the Fannin County Courthouse is a wonderful idea. We've wanted this done for years. I want to commend our commissioners and the Steering Committee for their efforts to obtain this grant. This idea may not be popular with all citizens, but sometimes you just have to do what is right for the community. This is definately the right thing to do!
  • by Betty Location: Sherman on Sep 12, 2007 at 11:18 AM
    I applaude Fannin Co. for applying for grants and trying to save this building. The city if Denison and the crew of monkeys trying to save that old eyesore should take note. There is an appropriate way to go about thimgs. Calling city council members ugly names is not the way to go.
  • by Eddie Location: Bonham on Sep 12, 2007 at 10:08 AM
    I think restoring our past is a good way to preserve history. If we don't know where we've been, we won't know where we're headed.
  • by Fannin Resident Location: Ector on Sep 12, 2007 at 07:13 AM
    Instead of wasting money on a derelict building full of corruption, why not apply for grants to help the elderly and the underemployed in our county. We've got the "working poor" everywhere in our area. Spending money on this eyesore is a waste.
  • by Rose Location: Ivanhoe on Sep 12, 2007 at 06:35 AM
    It would be wonderful to restore the "Crown of our county" to the square. I, as I'm sure others do, hope this becomes a reality.
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