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BONAMI, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Jasper County, East Texas
60 Miles N of Beaumont
10 Miles N of Kirbyville
14 Miles SE of Jasper
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

Established by the Lee-Irvine Lumber Company in 1901, Bonami was a typical sawmill town built along the tracks of what was then the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City railroad.

First called Leeton for businessman, D. J. Lee, the town was renamed by the first postmaster in 1902. Postmaster R. J. Cooper, named it after a town in Louisiana.

The post office closed in 1914, but the name remained. The Bonami sawmill operationed until 1929. In 1948 the population was only 200.

While there is no town center today, an abandoned sawmill and the Freewill Baptist Church are reminders of the once vital town. Sand and gravel operations, and some logging fuel the current local economy.

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1940s Jasper County map showing Bonami (S of Jasper)
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