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County
Lamar
Region
Praries & Lakes
Population
2010 Census - 25,171
2000 Census - 25,898
Nearby
Towns
Paris, Texas
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Paris Texas History:
Settlements were located in the area as early as 1824. The earliest recorded settlement was established in 1826. Paris was established in 1844 as the county seat of the newly formed Lamar County, and was named for Paris, Texas. Merchant George W. Wright donated 50 acres of land for the townsite. Paris was incorporated by the Congress of the Republic of Texas in 1845. By the early 1860s, Paris had become a commercial center for area cattle ranchers and farmers, and had 700 residents. Lamar was one of the few Texas counties that voted against secession during the Civil War, though many of its inhabitants later served in the Confederacy. In 1877 and 1916, major fires forced the city to rebuild. In 1876, the Texas and Pacific Railroad built a line through town. The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe and the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroads arrived in 1887, and the Texas Midland (later Southern Pacific) arrived in 1893. The Paris and Mount Pleasant line was completed in 1910. Paris Junior College was established in 1924. In 1990 it was one of the oldest junior colleges in Texas. An April, 1982 tornado destroyed 1,500 homes and killed 8 people. Paris is still an agricultural and cattle raising area. The Market Square Mural, commissioned by the Arts Development Council, is located at Southwest 1st Street and Kaufman Street. The Paris World War I Memorial is located on the west side of the old post office property. The grave of Texas and New Mexico cattle baron John Chisum is located in the 1100 block of West Washington Street. Paris is located approximately 12 miles south of the Oklahoma state line and the Red River at the intersections of U.S. 271, U.S. 82, SH 24, SH 19, FM 195, and FM 137, 53 miles north of Yantis and Lake Fork, 38 miles north of Sulphur Springs, 30 miles northeast of Commerce, 53 miles northeast of Greenville, 39 miles northeast of Bonham, 23 miles northeast of Honey Grove, 23 miles northeast of Cooper and Jim Chapman Lake, 64 miles east of Sherman, 26 miles south of Hugo, Oklahoma, 92 miles northwest of Texarkana, 30 miles northwest of Clarksville, 51 miles northwest of Mount Pleasant, and 45 miles northwest of Mount Vernon, Texas. 
 
Lamar County Courthouse, 1917:
The courthouse was designed in classical revival with Romanesque details by two architectural firms, Barry & Smith, and Sanguinet & Staats. The courthouse was built from granite that was salvaged from the burned 1897 courthouse. The pink marble was obtained from quarries located near Marble Falls and Burnet. This courthouse was restored in 2005. Italian sculptor Pompeo Coppini created the busts of Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson for the Confederate monument located on the courthouse grounds; a Confederate soldier stands above the busts. Architect J.L. Wees created the World War I Monument located on the square. He also designed the Scott Mansion and the gothic looking R.F. Scott Building on the square. The 2010 Lamar County census was 49,793. (903) 737-2411. 119 North Main Street, Paris, TX 75460.  
 
Red River Valley Veterans Memorial:
The memorial is quite large and beautiful. It honors all veterans. Donations are needed. (903) 783-0945. (903) 732-0027. The memorial is located at 2025 South Collegiate Drive, adjacent to the Love Civic Center. Email