Graham, Texas, is a small city of 8,800 residents located about 100 miles west of Fort Worth, TX. It is home to the oldest continuously-serving community college in Texas, North Central Texas College. The city was founded in 1872 by two brothers, Colonel Edwin Graham and Gustavos Graham, who established the city as their location for commerce. In 1980, oil was discovered near Graham causing a boom in the city’s population. Unfortunately for Graham, the oil did not last and the good times were short lived.
For people who want to take in Graham’s rich and diverse history, the city offers a walking tour of its historic downtown. Landmarks include spots such as the “Courthouse Archway,” which is the only remaining remnants of a courthouse built in 1884. After touring downtown, people can check out the Old Post Office Museum & Art Center, which showcases a gallery of artwork and city artifacts dating back to Graham’s founding. Finally, Graham is also one of a few cities in Texas to still have a fully operational drive in theater.
For people interested in outdoor activities, Graham is an open city with abundant nature, full of hiking trails, parks, and is a popular destination for hunting and golf trips. The Graham Country Club Golf Course is open to the public and was ranked by the Dallas Morning News as one the best 9-hole golf courses in Texas. Every month, the city hosts a ‘trade day’ on a Saturday where local collectors and traders come to Fireman’s Park in downtown Graham to sell and trade their wares.