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Long-forgotten Grayson County town is 're-imagined'

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A pair of entrepreneurs are resurrecting the long-forgotten town of Fink, Texas. (KTEN) A pair of entrepreneurs are resurrecting the long-forgotten town of Fink, Texas. (KTEN)
A shop catering to boaters is now open in Fink, Texas. (KTEN) A shop catering to boaters is now open in Fink, Texas. (KTEN)
A liquor store is the latest edition to the landscape in Fink, Texas. (KTEN) A liquor store is the latest edition to the landscape in Fink, Texas. (KTEN)

FINK, Texas -- A small Grayson County town, established in 1897, soon burned out.

Now, Fink, Texas, has been bought by a duo who plan on turning things around.

A historical marker on State Highway 289 tells the story of Fink, and how it was incorporated into Pottsboro.

But now Fink is getting a new lease on life.

“We are re-imagining Fink,” said Paul Anselmo who bought the town.

At one time, Fink had a hotel, gas station and liquor store. 

“I’ve been coming up here to the lake since 2005 or ’06, and when I drove by it, it was always dead," Anselmo said. "I thought, ‘One day, somebody’s going to make something out of that,’ and I kept going and going and finally I said, 'Let’s do it!'”

Now Anselmo and Shawn Cole are working to bring life back to the town one business at a time. The Harbor Ship's Store opened in April, offering supplies for boaters.

“We put our Harbor sign over the ‘Welcome to Fink, Texas’ sign, and people were stopping here mad because it has such a following," Cole said. "People really love this little area."

The two men said once they finish the motel and restaurant, they plan to erect a "Welcome Back to Fink" sign.

“I’m a local. I’ve been here for over 30 years, so to see something happening with Fink and to be a part of it, it just amazes me," said Crystal Stanley, who manages the Fink liquor store, which opened last week. "I’m really happy about it. To see it come from really the ground up, I’m really excited."

The Texas Legislature declared the fourth Thursday in June as "Fink Day." This weekend. Fink is throwing a festival to celebrate its grand re-opening.

“We thought it’s perfect to have the Fink Festival, so we’re going to have live music, a lot of crafts and arts, and people are going to be able to set up their vendor spaces,” Anselmo said. “We just think it still needs to keep its identity because of the historical significance of it."

The Fink Festival is happening in Fink on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.

“It’s pretty cool to see how this little town just gets sparked up from just this business of ours,” said Layk Cole, Shawn Cole's son.

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