Friday, June 26, 2015

Bonham State Park

We had never even heard of this park.  Evidently, no on else has, either.  Small as it is, there were only about 8 campers there, not crowded at all.  Yesterday morning, Tim was the only one on the lake.  Charlie and I walked right past him on our morning walk.  
He said he hadn't caught a thing, not hardly even a nibble on his line.  

Right now, there's water everywhere, but there's still evidence of the recent drought.  
I hate seeing dead trees.  Fortunately, there weren't many.  And they were at the 
opposite end of the park from where we were camped.

This is much better.  This "tree tunnel" on the entrance road to the camp is about half a mile long.  Beautiful.

But wait...there's more!  Lol! 
We drove into Bonham later in the day, and found lots of stuff to do.

Fort Inglish Village - This is a recreation of the fort built by Bailey Inglish (the founder of Bonham) and other settlers, to protect from Indian raids.  The town was founded in 1837, and by 1843 the fort was abandoned because the native Americans had moved further west.

Sam Rayburn Library  -  Sam Rayburn (1882 - 1961) was a Democratic lawmaker from Bonham.  He served as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for 17 years, the longest tenure in U.S. history.  Completed in 1957, the Classical style building contains many mementos of Rayburn's life and career.  One of the most interesting features is said to be an exact replica of the Speaker's office in Washington.  The furniture was in the national Capitol office from 1907 until 1957, and the massive crystal chandelier hung first in the White House and later in the Capitol.  We didn't go inside...have to save some stuff for when we come this way again!  

Statue of Mr. Rayburn in front of the library.

Sam Rayburn House Museum   -  Now a museum, this home was built by Sam Rayburn in 1916.  Contains the original Rayburn family furnishings.  You can also see Mr. Rayburn's 1947 Cadillac!  This is a National Historic Landmark, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark 
and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.    

After exploring Bonham, we drove 15 miles east to the tiny town of Honey Grove.  I'll try to get those pics posted later tonight or early tomorrow.

God bless all our friends and family.  These are strange times we live in, but one thing I know, God is still in control!

One more picture of my Cowboy.  Just because!

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