Introduction to Paris, Illinois
Paris was originally a part of the hunting grounds of the Kickapoo Indian. The virgin timber and the rich prairie land, first sold in 1816, attracted the early settlers. By 1870, Paris was well connected by three railroads. The city adopted the commission form of government in 1915. Paris is the county seat of Edgar County, which was founded in 1823 and was named in honor of an Irish - born Royal Navy officer, John Edgar. The county was formed out of Clark County.
Paris and nearby Attractions
- Art Center & Museum - Bicentennial
- Ernie Pyle State Historic Site
- Walnut Point State Park
- Billie Creek Village
- Lincoln Trail State Park
Things To Do In Paris
Paris has numerous parks and playgrounds including the Sunrise Park, Sylvain Park, and Sunset Park. Grace Lutheran Church, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, First Christian Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church are some of the local churches. The Elks Country Club provides excellent facilities for golf enthusiasts. One can enjoy boating and fishing on the Twin Lakes and Eads Lake. The city also hosts the Edgar County Fair every year in July.
Terre Haute International Airport - Hulman Field is less than an hour's drive away.
Paris Higher Education
Indiana State University, Eastern Illinois University, and Ivy Tech State College - Wabash Valley provide facilities for higher education.