Introduction to Paris, Texas
The present day city of Paris was first settled in the 1820s. It was established as a town in 1839 by a merchant named George W. Wright. The city was officially incorporated on February 3, 1845. It also became the county seat of Lamar County that year. During the Civil War, Paris became a booming cattle and farming center. The Texas and Pacific Railroads first entered the city in 1876. The Paris Fairgrounds is the site of the public lynching of a black slave, Henry Smith, in 1893.
Paris and nearby Attractions
- Sam Bell Maxey House State Historical Park
- Lamar County Historical Museum
- Pat Mayse Lake
- Cooper Lake State Park
- Hayden Museum of American Art
- Raymond Gary State Park
Things To Do In Paris
The city of Paris offers a host of recreational facilities. It is home to the second largest Eiffel Tower. The city has several beautiful parks and open spaces such as Wade Park, Lake Gibbons, Bywaters Park, and Record Park. Visitors can also enjoy fishing on Lake Crook and Pat Mayse Lake. The Sam Bell Maxey State Historic Structure is another historic landmark that is worth visiting. Tour de Paris, the renowned bicycle tour of Paris, attracts a number of American and European tourists every year in the month of July. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Mirabeau Square Shopping Center.
Cox Field Airport is nearby.
Paris Higher Education
Paris Junior College is the local institute of higher education. Also close by are Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Tyler Junior College, and University of Dallas.