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Fort Belknap

Historic US Army fort built to protect the Texas frontier. Troops pursued raiding bands of Indians, allowing for settlement of the area. Fort Belknap played a role in the Butterfield Overland Stage route. See restored buildings, grape arbor and museum.

Brazos on the Fly

Catering to all anglers! Guided fishing trips with Will are unforgettable. All ages are welcome. Find out about Hog Island skiff trips, wading trips and more. This adventure will be about more than just fishing!
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Old Post Office

This National Register Historic Building in the center of the town square is now home to a museum and art center (POPMAC). Art exhibits rotate and they host or sponsor several annual community events. Admission is free.
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Graham, Young County & Local Area

For more things to do in Graham, see VisitGrahamTexas website and also their Facebook page. There’s a Shop/Play section of Where Texas Comes Home also. What a Trip with Nancy D. Brown has a nice page about what to do in the local area. We mentioned the Graham Drive-In Theatre, right? Enjoy boating and water recreation at Lake Graham, Lake Eddleman or nearby Possum Kingdom State Park.

How DID Possum Kingdom get that name, anyway?

One story about why the lake is called Possum Kingdom began when a peddler named Ike Sablosky came to Texas in 1906. This salesman had come to Texas from Pennsylvania and Indiana to regain his health. Mineral Wells at the time was famous as a health spa and Ike came to recuperate. While living in Mineral Wells, Ike saw an opportunity to get into the hide and fur business as the Palo Pinto hills were a paradise for raccoon, possum, and fur bearing critters. Mr. Sablosky’s best source of supply for possum hides came from cedar choppers and hunters up in Northwest Palo Pinto County. Ike called his best suppliers “the boys from Possum Kingdom”. The name grew more and more popular and the area became known as Possum Kingdom. Mr. Sablosky moved to Dallas and became a millionaire in the insurance business. He once owned the Dallas baseball team of the old Texas League. After he died at age 82, most of his wealth was given to charities.

Story by Kevin D. VanDuser as published in PK Journal.

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Where to Shop

Pratt’s Books

Specializing in out-of-print, scarce, eclectic and occasionally new books. Selections in Texas History, Americana and Children’s Books bring customers from far and wide. Pratt’s is an adventure!
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Boaz Department Store

Celebrating 100 years on the square in Graham in 2021! Step back in time when you walk through the doors! Apparel, footwear and accessories for men and women.
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Crazy Cora’s Emporium

The old Young County Jail has been converted by Cora Barker and now houses mini-shops offering jewelry, antiques, collectables, home decor, snacks and lots more.
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And there’s more!

Look for The Tattered Pearl on 4th Street and Pistols & Petticoats on Elm Street for women’s clothing. We’ll be posting more places to shop as we find them. Southern Charm of South Bend has gifts and collectibles, and Loving Naturals is a country store and artisan market. Read about them on the “Eat” page!

Bring your Camera!

The downtown especially is quite picturesque, with old buildings, painted murals and the lovely town square. The area was first settled in 1871, when two Graham brothers moved from Kentucky to Texas after the Civil War. That same year, the Warren Wagon Train Raid occurred a few miles north of the city. Graham was established in 1872 with purchase of a local saltworks. The original town newspaper, The Leader, is still in existence today! Find out more about Graham and Young County on Wikipedia.

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Places to Eat

Neri’s on the Square

Bistro dining with a really temping menu and daily specials. Pies, scones and more. They claim the “Best Prime Rib in Texas” every Friday and Saturday night.
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Rock Bottom BBQ

They boast about their competition BBQ team competing in state cookoffs. Advertising “Rib Day” and CrossFit bowls! Mmmmm! That chicken looks so good!
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Dos Chiles

The promise a memorable dining experience with a menu full of traditional Mexican favorites and a few new twists on old favorites. Eat in or take out.
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More Options for Food & Drink

You will need groceries if you have not brought your own — United Supermarkets is a great option. Groceries, bakery, beer/wine, floral and pharmacy … plus Starbucks coffee! Loving Naturals is a country store and artisan market featuring natural, homegrown and homemade products. Snacks, baked goods and meals to go! If you out at South Bend, look for Southern Charm — it’s a delightful little country market with the best burgers around!

There are several liquor stores in Graham.
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