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  • Lamar County Courthouse
    Lamar County Courthouse
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    Sam Bell Maxey House
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  • Eiffel Tower Texas Style
    Eiffel Tower Texas Style
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  • South Main Depot

    This was the baggage house for the T & P Depot. It has now turned into a restaurant (The Depot) with homestyle meals and is very popular. Displayed within the restaurant however are railroad memorabilia which still allows the old feel of the depot.

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  • R F Scott Building

    Rufus Fenner Scott had this gothic style building commissioned and built in 1917 to house the Burton-Peel Dry Goods store. The business was later bought by a former employer and operated under his name, Arthur Caddell. At one time Sears also was housed in the building. Its now subdivided and has various business but the building is still stands out...

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  • Eiffel Tower - Texas Style

    I was looking for a view of this from off in the distance, thinking I would see it long before I was upon it. Not quite.. despite the larger than life photos you see, it only stands 65 feet tall. The steel Stetson hat was added in 1998 and measures 4 1/2 feet high with a brim 10 feet wide. It was built in 1995 by the local iron worker's union and...

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  • The Lightfoot-Coleman House

    Born in Alabama, Henry William Lightfoot was a confederate veteran of Forrests cavalry and came to Paris in 1872. He was a law partner of Sam Bell Maxy and later married Maxys adopted daughter Dora. They built this house across the street from the Maxey home. Lightfoot was later to come State Senator and Chief Justice of the 5th court of Civil...

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  • Jesus With His Boots On

    One of the most known monuments in the cemetery is the Babcock monument which stands in the shadow of a big old. This is a 12 ft statue of "Jesus" with a Texas touch. "Jesus" is wearing his cowboy boots.

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  • Love Civic Center

    This multipurpose center was built to be a multipurpose venue for a variety of activities and events for the residents of Paris. It was named after Mrs Malone Hughes Love who made a generous donation in honour of her husband J.A. Love. There is an exhibit hall which seats up to 1,400, 6 individual meeting rooms with moveable walls, banquet...

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  • Farmers Market

    This is an indoor/outdoor market and open from June to September. Daily hours are 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. There is plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

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  • First United Methodist Church

    This church was built after the fire of Paris in the early 1920s. It is a three-story, steel frame structure which introduces both Mediterranean and Classic Revival architectural styles. There is a sanctuary housed under a 40-ft. high octagonal, rotunda dome. Throughout the church are some unique period features which include intricate decorative...

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  • Lamar County Courthouse

    The original courthouse was more elaborate than the current but was destroyed by fire in 1896. With marble and granite cleaned from the burned site, the new courthouse in Classical Revival and Romanesque style was built in 1917. The pink granite comes from the same quarry as that used in the State Capital.

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  • Take A Closer Look

    So you think this is a bunch of Tex'us Twaddle.... take a closer look. Those sure enough are boots."Babcock Monument".

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  • Evergreen Cemetary

    This is an old cemetery, operating since 1866 and has more than 40,000 people buried here including many early Texas patriots. There are some very decorative and unusual headstones and monuments scattered about.

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  • The Scott-Roden Mansion

    This mansion was built between 1908 and 1910 for Rufus Scott Sr who was a prominent businessman in Paris. A German born architect designed the house along with many of the towns civic and commercial buildings. The design is a combination of art nouveau and Dutch renaissance. Fortunately the house survived the Paris Fire in 1916 and has been entered...

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  • The Property & Book House

    The house sits on .4 acre. On the side at the back is a smaller building called the Book House. The aim was to provide a historical interpretation of Sam Bell Maxey and his family and the period he lived in. The house and grounds is available for rent for weddings, receptions, and meetings.

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  • Sam Bell Maxey House

    This house was built in 1968 by a Confederate General, Sam Bell Maxey. Maxey served in the Mexican War and Civil War and was a two-term U.S. Senator. The family lived in the house for almost a century.There are landscape grounds which have been restored along with the house and is now a State Historic Site.There are guided tours Wed. - Fri. by...

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  • Culbertson Fountain

    This lovely fountain is a central point in the downtown plaza square. It was donated as a gift to the rebuilding of Paris after the Fire in 1916. Culbertson Fountain is in the Historic District on the Plaza downtown. It was a gift to culminate the rebuilding of Paris after the Fire of 1916.

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  • Hayden Museum of American Art

    Hayden Museum of American Art The Hayden Museum of American Art consists of four galleries, the largest of which houses the permanent collection of graphic art, archival photography, and American chairs. This collection includes examples from every art period and American master painters are generously represented. The pieces are arranged...

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  • Wise House

    Wise HouseRestored in 1887, this National Registry property is a rare masonry interpretation of late Victorian 'Queen Anne' style architecture. The estate was built for William Bedford Wise, a prominent English cotton merchant. Restoration began in 1997 on the exterior and main floor of the house and carriage house, with a vision to preserve the...

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  • Chisum Burial Site

    Chisum Burial Site The 1100 block of West Washington, marks the place where John Chisum, Texas and New Mexico cattle baron, was interred 1884 following his death in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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  • First United Methodists church

    First United Methodists churchOne of the most beautiful buildings in the city!

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  • Plaza Fountain

    Plaza FountainThis beautiful fountain is set dead in the center of the city.

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  • Eiffel Tower

    Eiffel Tower'Second Largest Eiffel Tower in the Second Largest Paris' Constructed by the Boiler Makers Local #902 utilizing materials, plant space, and employee time donated by Babcock & Wilcox Company, the tower stands as the impetus for Paris being designated '1995 Best Pit Stop' by the Great North American Race. It was 'Texanized' with a cowboy...

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    by keeweechic Updated Oct 14, 2003

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    Very grand in its day with its unique flashing sign, the theatre opened in 1926. The interior has an ornate foyer with a pipe organ and orchestra pit which displays a Spanish-Moorish influence. The interior has recently been renovated and new seating has been added.

    Paris Community Theater
    The Paris Community Theater now occupies and performs in the building, providing five productions a year encompassing comedies, dramas, mysteries and musicals.

    Monday- Friday 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

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Paris Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written Oct 1, 2003

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    By Car : Paris, Texas is located approximately 100 miles northeast of Dallas, and approximately 90 miles west of Texarkana. From Dallas take I-30 East and exit the Paris and Texas A&M Commerce Exit (#19-24) just outside of Greenville. Travel for about 50 miles then Loop 286 surrounds Paris, Texas.

    By Air : Paris Municipal Airport - Cox Airfield
    Cox Airfield is located approximately 5 miles east of the central district of Paris, Texas. The airport sits on a 1600-acre site adjacent to U.S. Highway 271.

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Paris Local Customs

  • Annual Events

    May : Paris Art FestivalAt the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. Professional artists from 4 states display their art and crafts.July : Tour De ParisThis rally attracts around 500 riders annually. The route goes throught the countryside of Lamar County. Various distances are available (100k, 70k, 40k, 15k and 2k)

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  • The Movie... Paris Texas

    The movie "Paris, Texas" was banned in the city of Paris, Texas shortly after its box office release in 1984. I'm not really sure why. The film itself was filmed in Waxahachie not Paris. The movie was the Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984 and tells the haunting story of an amnesiac's struggle to rebuild his shattered...

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  • Tid Bits

    While visiting relatives, Davey Crocket slept under a tree which is located on Clarksville Street. He wrote in a letter to his wife that he had "found Paradise" and intended to relocated his family to this area. Unfortunately, he was then sent to the Alamo, where he lost his life fighting for Texas' independence.

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Paris What to Pack

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    by jenna24 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Basically it is still Texas. In the winter dress VERY warm and in the summer pretty much go Naked! ;)





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  • The Fires of Paris

    Paris was founded in the mid-1980’s but many of its historic buildings were lost in a fire that destroyed almost half of the town in 1916. The blaze started at a warehouse near the southwest city limits and the cause is unknown. One theory is that a spark from a switch engine ignited dry grass near the warehouse. 50 mph winds blew the fire out of...

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    An interesting tidbit. In 1984 director Wim Wenders created his most memorable movie masterpiece titled Paris, Texas. The film stars Harry Dean Stanton and Nastassja Kinski and in my opinion is brilliantly directed. This is an unusual road movie, with screenplay by acclaimed playwright Sam Shepard, tells the tale of Travis, a man lost in his own...

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