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Lake Fannin book now available
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Nov 5, 2017
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Fannin County, Texas -- Lake Fannin Saved is a book in 150 pages compiled by Gregory Hall now available from Amazon in “full color” for $29. A “black & white” version for $8 is anticipated soon.

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These pages, using documents and photographs, show why Lake Fannin in 2001 was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Purpose now must be to look at fraught events: at how a promise in 2001, nurtured first, was abruptly denied in 2013, so that Lake Fannin is again one of the most endangered historic sites in America.

At the July 2007 meeting of the Friends of Lake Fannin, Gabe Parker showed off the National Registry of Historic Places plaque.

Starting late in the 1990s, hours and days of strenuous labor, special skills applied, and determined perseverance by Fannin county citizens working as Lake Fannin Volunteers had accomplished a transformation.

Between 1934 and ‘38, spring-fed Lake Fannin in a North Texas county of the same name was enlarged and re-imagined for the enjoyment of people who were drawing their economic sustenance from the work they were about. The federal government’s Rural Resettlement Administration in its larger purpose meant that farm families could again hope to own and cultivate productive land. Years later, as they continued to enjoy the cool water and facilities of Lake Fannin for swimming, dancing, picnics, and family reunions, a treasured “sense of place” took hold.

Lake Fannin boathouse

An extensive photographic record of Resettlement work at Lake Fannin exists in the collection of the Fannin County Museum of History. The local director of the project, Malcolm Campbell, is credited for creation of an “Album” which this book makes available to a wider public. Keen photographers among the Volunteers themselves have made possible their own “Album.”

Finally, the Lake Fannin photographs of Bonham’s own Casey Jones reveal what the Volunteers have worked so hard to save.

Documents still available in the Sam Rayburn Museum and Library in Bonham reveal the determined, if precarious, early months of Resettlement work assisted by Mr. Rayburn.

The research and organization necessary for Lake Fannin to be added to the National Register was ably accomplished by Mr. John Ippolito, Heritage Resource Program Manager, for the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.