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Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
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Sam Rayburn HouseState Historic Site Information:
At the age of 29 Sam Rayburn won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives where he became one of the most powerful and influential politicians of the 20th century. He spent 24 terms (48 years) in the U.S. House of Representatives where he rose to Speaker of the House. In 1927, Rayburn married Metze Jones, the sister of Rep. Marvin Jones of Amarillo. They divorced that same year. In 1916, Rayburn built a two story white frame house for his parents on 125 acres for the cost of $2,800. When not in Washington D.C., Sam Rayburn lived at the house with members of his family, or spent time on his nearby 900 acre ranch. The house originally had a front porch on both floors of the house, but in 1934 the house was enlarged by converting the porches into a two story portico. Also, at this time, a 4th pillar was added to the front façade. A kitchen was added later. Today the home is furnished with original family furnishings. Artifacts include a 1930s radio, photos of FDR, and period china and other items the family used. Out buildings include a smokehouse, a barn housing Rayburn’s Farmall H. Tractor, and a garage housing Mr. Sam’s Dodge pickup, Ms. Lou's 1955 Plymouth, and the 1947 Cadillac given to him by 142 congressmen at the end of his first term as speaker of the house. At the time of Rayburn's death, his estate included his home on 125 acres, a 325 acre ranch near Ector, 927 acres near Ivanhoe, and furnishings and possession. The bulk of this property was bequeathed to the Sam Rayburn Foundation. His sister lived in the home until her 1969 death. ADA compliant areas include the parking lot, restrooms, Visitor Center, the porch and the first floor of the house, though access to the house may be limited to smaller wheelchairs. There are no sidewalks. The garage housing Rayburn’s 1947 Cadillac is ADA compliant, but it must be accessed via the lawn. The Visitor Center offers a PowerPoint presentation of the tour. The THC hosts special programs & events. For more information read the Park Brochure. Open Tue-Sun, 9am-4:30pm; Closed Major Holidays. Tours are every hour on the hour with last tour at 3:15pm. An Admission Fee Applies.Group tours are available by appointment. (903) 583-5558. This State Historic Site is located at 890 SH 56, Bonham, Texas 75418. From Bonham, travel 1.5 miles west on SH 56 to the museum.
 
Birding Fannin County:
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist forthe Oaks and Prairies and Osage Plains (Cross Timbers) of Texas, Region 4
Fannin County Bird Checklist for North Central Texas