Thursday, April 7, 2011

Texas Adventures Part 4 - Graham, Texas

Howdy Ya'll!  Are you ready for our next Texas Adventures?  Today we are visiting Graham, Texas.

Graham, Texas has America's Largest Downtown Square.  Graham is located 90 minutes from Fort Worth and is nestled in the beautiful North Texas Hill Country.  Graham is only a short distance from Possum Kingdom Lake.  Graham is where the stories portrayed in Lonesome Dove, The Searchers, and Black Fox took place.  I don't know about you, but I LOVED Lonesome Dove!  While in Graham, you can visit Fort Belknap, stop by the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center, and check out a rodeo at the Young County Arena.  Fort Belknap was the northern anchor of a series of U.S. Army Forts stretching from the Red River to the Rio Grande, built to protect the Texas frontier. Troops from Fort Belknap pursued raiding bands of Indians allowing for settlement of the area. The Fort became the hub network of roads, most notably the Butterfield Overland Mail route. Fort Belknap was abandoned during the Civil War, reoccupied briefly after the war, then abandoned for the last time in September 1867. Some buildings have been restored and offer a popular site for group gatherings. Best of all it has free admission!  For those of you who love the outdoors, you can ride a horse at one of the area ranches, go bike riding through the countryside, hunt, or go fishing on Lake Graham or Lake Eddleman.  There are two public boat ramps on Lake Graham and one on Lake Eddleman. Camping sites and picnic areas are located along the shoreline of Lake Eddleman. Predominant fish species include Largemouth Bass, White Crappie, Hybrid Striped Bass, White Bass, and Channel Catfish.  Shopping enthusiasts will love the large downtown square with all of the many distinctive shops.  Other shopping opportunities include the developing Old Town area where the old Coca Cola bottling plant, now a retail store, stands as the centerpiece.  For a fun adventure in the evening, plan to take in a move at the Graham Drive-In Theatre, one of the handful of outdoor movie theatres still operating in Texas. The drive-in features first-run or recent releases. Do you love attending flea markets?  Then you will love Fourth Monday Trades Days that takes place in Graham monthly. Vendors from all over the area offer almost anything you can imagine - unique gifts, home decor, clothing, accessories, sporting goods, antiques, tack, tools, and much much more. Looking for a one of a kind place to stay?  Then check out the Wildcatter Ranch & Resort.  The guest ranch is located just south of Graham on the some of the most scenic landscape in the North Texas Hill Country. Guests can enjoy horseback riding, canoeing, archory, biking, and hiking.

Well, that concludes our trip through Graham, Texas.  I hope ya'll had as much fun as I did!

1 comment:

  1. I'm from Irving so I know all about Texas!! I went to MSU in Wichita Falls and we made a trip to Graham to go to the drive in once. We saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith:) Fun times! Thanks for bringing back some memories:)

    Bridget from