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BONHAM

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 205 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BONHAM, a town and the county-seat of Fannin county, Texas, U.S.A., about 14 M. S. of the Red river, in the north-east part of the state, and 70 M. N. of Dallas. Pop. (189o) 3361; (1900) 5042 (1223 being negroes) ; (1910),4844. It served by the Missouri, Kansas & Texas, and the Texas & Pacific railways. Bonham is the seat of Carlton College (Christian), a woman's college founded in 1867; and its high school is one of the best in the state. It is a trading and shipping centre of an extensive farming territory devoted to the raising of live-stock and to the growing of cotton, Indian corn, fruit, &c. It has large cotton gins and compresses, a large cotton mill, flour mills, canning and ice factories, railway repair shops, planing mills and carriage works. The town was named in honour of J. B. Bonham, a native of South Carolina, who was killed in the Alamo. The first settlement here was made in 1836. The town was incorporated in 1850, and was reincorporated in 1886.
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