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map of Fannin County
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Physical Features: North Texas county of rolling prairie, drained by Red River, Bois d’Arc Creek; Coffee Mill Lake, Lake Bonham, Valley Lake; mostly blackland soils; national grasslands.

Economy: Commuting to DFW metroplex, agribusiness.

locator map for Fannin County

History: Caddoes who later joined with Cherokees. Anglo-American settlement began in 1836. County created from Red River County in 1837 and organized in 1838; named for James W. Fannin, a victim of the Goliad massacre.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 78.2; Black, 6.5; Hispanic, 12.0; Asian, 0.8; Other, 1.4; Two or more races, 2.3.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 353; deaths, 458; marriages, 211; divorces, 127.

Recreation: Water activities on lakes; hunting; Bonham State Park, fossil beds, Caddo National Grassland; winery; Sam Rayburn home, library; Bois D’Arc festival in May.

Minerals: Sand.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, wheat, corn. Market value $86.3 million. Hunting leases important.

BONHAM (10,672) county seat; varied manufacturing, veterans hospital/private hospital, state jail; Sam Rayburn birthday celebration in January.

Other towns include: Bailey (304); Dodd City (384); Ector (726); Gober (146); Honey Grove (1,664) agribusiness center, varied manufacturing, tourism, historic buildings, library, Davy Crockett Festival in October; Ivanhoe (110).

Also, Ladonia (626) restored historical downtown, tourism, varied manufacturing, commuters, rodeo; Leonard (2,080) government/services, power plant, retail, light industry, museums, community picnic in July; Randolph (600); Ravenna (213); Savoy (846); Telephone (210); Trenton (692); Windom (208).

Also, part of Pecan Gap (204) and part of Whitewright (1,707).

Lake Crockett in the Caddo National Grasslands

Lake Crockett in the Caddo National Grassland. Photo by Robert Plocheck.