Paris in Texas

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Culbertson Fountain on town square © Michael Barera/cc-by-sa-3.0

Culbertson Fountain on town square © Michael Barera/cc-by-sa-3.0

Paris is a city and county seat of Lamar County in Texas. The population of the city is at 25,000. It is situated in Northeast Texas at the western edge of the Piney Woods, and 98 miles (158 km) northeast of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. Physiographically, these regions are part of the West Gulf Coastal Plain.

Following a tradition of American cities named “Paris”, the city commissioned a 65-foot (20 m) replica of the Eiffel Tower in 1993 and installed it on site of the Love Civic Center, southeast of the town square. In 1998, presumably as a response to the 1993 construction of a 60-foot (18 m) tower in Paris, Tennessee, the city placed a giant red cowboy hat atop its tower. The current tower is at least the second Eiffel Tower replica built in Paris; the first was constructed of wood and later destroyed by a tornado.

Sam Bell Maxey House © Michael Barera/cc-by-sa-4.0 © panoramio.com - Jana Taylor/cc-by-sa-3.0 Historic downtown © Photolitherland/cc-by-sa-3.0 Culbertson Fountain on town square © Michael Barera/cc-by-sa-3.0 City Hall © Michael Barera/cc-by-sa-4.0 Paris Union Station © Ebmrreditor/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Culbertson Fountain on town square © Michael Barera/cc-by-sa-3.0
The city is home to several late 19th century 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.

In the past, Paris was a major cotton exchange, and the county was developed as cotton plantations. While cotton is still farmed on the lands around Paris, it is no longer a major part of the economy. Paris’ one major hospital has two campuses: Paris Regional Medical Center South (formerly St. Joseph’s Hospital) and Paris Regional Medical Center North (formerly McCuistion Regional Medical Center). It serves as the center of healthcare for much of Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma. Both campuses are now operated jointly under the name of the Paris Regional Medical Center, a division of Essent Healthcare. The health network is one of the largest employers in the Paris area. Outside of healthcare, the largest employers are Kimberly-Clark, and Campbell’s Soup.

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