BONHAM, Texas (KTEN) — The City of Bonham celebrated its 176th birthday on Friday, and what better way to mark the occasion than to store precious memories for the community at City Hall.

Officials ditched the standard birthday cake, bringing out shovels instead to bury a time capsule.

"It preserves our heritage in the present — which is something that is very, very exciting — so the generations of the future will be able to open it and see what we were all about," said Bonham City Hall executive assistant Jennifer Self Knight.

Friday's ceremony capped off Bonham's year-long celebration of its 175th anniversary.

"In the last 20 years, a lot of stuff has gone on in Bonham," said Tom Thornton, with the Fannin County Historical Commission. "We're the best-kept secret in the state."

So what's inside the capsule? Well, that is a secret; but the city's tourism director Melissa Maxwell said they've been collecting items all year.

"There was lots of pictures, some newer stuff, some older stuff.... just a little bit of everything," she said. "But I feel like we got a lot of newer stuff, so it will be interesting to see the things that were in there now, and what will be in 25 years."

The date is set for when the time capsule will be unearthed 24 years from now, for the city's bicentennial, celebrating 200 years in 2048.

"When you think about it, 24 years is not a long time, but prior to this point it's been 175 years and there's some things in there that go back to that," said Mayor H.L. Compton.