Paris, Texas

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Food & Drink

107 Cafe
107 Grand Ave • (903) 609-8806

Casa Del Mare Italian Restaurant
3003 NE Loop 286 • 903-739-2100

Crawford’s Hole in the Wall
202 3rd St. • 903-737-9025

Dos Marias
303 20th St NE • 903-737-4557

Jaxx Gourmet Burgers
10 Clarksville St. • 903-739-2955

Mckee’s 25 Hour Family Restaurant
1355 N Collegiate Dr. • 903-785-0002

Paris Bakery
128 1st St SW • 903-784-1331

Phat Phil’s BBQ
265 1st St SW • 903-782-9545

Scholl Bros BBQ
1528 Lamar Ave. • 903-739-8080

Shogun’s Japanese Steakhouse
3450 Lamar Ave. • 903-784-6500

Shop

Monique’s Antiques
24 W Plaza • 903-784-5030

Side Street Antiques
122 Grand Ave. • 903-366-9347

Paris Baby Children’s Store
134 S Main St. • 903-737-8828

Plaza Art Gallery
8 W Plaza • 903-737-9699

SoHo Boutique
133 Lamar Ave. • 903-785-6700

Places / Events

The Trail de Paris
Runs from 4th St. SW eastward to the Paris city limits connecting to the Reno Rail Trail
903-517-9778 • www.traildeparis.org

Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site
812 South Church St. • 903-785-5716

Lamar County Historical Museum
1015 W. Kaufman • 903-783-0064

Evergreen Cemetary
560 Evergreen St. • 903-784-6750

Eiffel Tower
2025 S Collegiate Dr. • 800-727-4789

Merchandise

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T-Shirt | $16.95
Raglan | $24.95
Hoodie | $34.95
Mug | $17.95
Sweatshirt | $27.95
Long Sleeve T | $24.95

Paris Fast Facts

• Founded: 1844
• County: Lamar
• Population: 25,171 (est)
• Know For: A 65-foot Replica of the Eiffel Tower
• Record High Temp: 115
• Record Low Temp: – 5
• Famous People:
Duane Allen (Muscian)
Charles R. Floyd (Politics)
John Osteen (Pastor)
Gene Stallings (Football)

Map of Paris

History of Paris

Present-day Lamar County was part of Red River County during the Republic of Texas. By 1840, population growth necessitated the organization of a new county. George Washington Wright, who had served in the Third Congress of the Republic of Texas as a representative from Red River County, was a major proponent of the new county. The Fifth Congress established the new county on December 17, 1840, and named it after Mirabeau B. Lamar, who was the first Vice President and the second President of the Republic of Texas.

In 1877, 1896, and 1916, major fires in the city forced considerable rebuilding. The 1916 fire destroyed almost half the town and caused an estimated $11 million in property damage. The fire ruined most of the central business district and swept through a residential area. The burned structures included the Federal Building and Post Office, the Lamar County Courthouse and Jail, City Hall, most commercial buildings, and several churches.

The city is home to several late-19th to mid-20th century stately homes. Among these is the Rufus Fenner Scott Mansion, designed by German architect J.L. Wees and constructed in 1910. The structure is solid concrete and steel with four floors. Rufus Scott was a prominent businessman known for shipping, imports, and banking. He was well known by local farmers, who bought aging transport mules from him. The Scott Mansion narrowly survived the fire of 1916. After the fire, Scott brought the architect Wees back to Paris to redesign the historic downtown area.

Paris was named the “Best Small Town in Texas” by Kevin Heubusch in his book The New Rating Guide to Life in America’s Small Cities.

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