In southeastern Young County, Graham was founded in 1872 by Gustavus and Edwin S. Graham. The Graham brothers were from Kentucky and founded Graham Brothers Salt Works. In 1874, Young County was organized and Graham became the county seat. By 1876, the Graham Leader ran its first edition. This weekly publication is the oldest newspaper in the Northwest Texas region.
Today, the historic downtown offers shopping with a number of antique stores. Courthouse square is recognized as the largest downtown square in America. The city also has one of the state's few remaining drive-in theaters.
History buffs enjoy touring the restored buildings of Fort Belknap, one of many along the Texas Forts Trail (see NEWCASTLE listing). Fishing, boating and other water sports draw visitors to Possum Kingdom Lake. Graham Country Club features a golf course, ranked among the best nine-hole courses in the state according to The Dallas Morning News. Open to the public Tue.–Sat. 940/549-7721.
Annual events include Art Splash on the Square in May; Red, White and You in July; Western Heritage Week in October, and Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade in December.
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