Paris, Texas

related topics
{city, population, household}
{city, large, area}
{school, student, university}
{area, community, home}
{line, north, south}
{service, military, aircraft}
{household, population, female}
{island, water, area}
{war, force, army}
{day, year, event}
{woman, child, man}
{water, park, boat}
{county, mile, population}
{game, team, player}
{film, series, show}
{land, century, early}

Paris, Texas is a city located 98 miles (158 km) northeast of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex in Lamar County, Texas, in the United States. It is situated in East Texas, specifically Northeast Texas, at the western edge of the Piney Woods. Physiographically, these regions are part of the West Gulf Coastal Plain. In 1900, 9,358 people lived in Paris; in 1910, 11,269; in 1920, 15,040; and in 1940, 18,678. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city was 25,898. It is the county seat of Lamar County and serves as a business and employment center for the county.

The film Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders was named after this city, but it was not set there.

The city does not celebrate Bastille Day every July 14, though at one time local downtown merchants hosted Bastille Day sales. Local residents like the humorous slogan "Second Largest Paris in the World." Following a tradition of American cities named "Paris", a 65-foot (20 m) replica of the Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1993. In 1998, presumably as a response to the 1993 construction of a 70-foot (21 m) tower in Paris, Tennessee, the city placed a giant red cowboy hat atop the 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.

It is governed by a city council as specified in the city's charter adopted in 1948. It has fewer than 100 police officers, and fewer than 100 fire fighters. It is rated Risk Zone 1 for earthquake potential, the lowest rating.


Full article ▸

related documents
Temple, Texas
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Jackson, Tennessee
Kearney, Nebraska
Midlothian, Texas
West Valley City, Utah
Columbus, Nebraska
North Chicago, Illinois
Mankato, Minnesota
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Alma, Arkansas
Johnson City, Tennessee
Hammond, Louisiana
Melrose, Massachusetts
Lorain, Ohio
Harriman, Tennessee
Appleton, Wisconsin
Port Angeles, Washington
Cortland, New York
Bloomington, Indiana
Charlotte, Michigan
Connellsville, Pennsylvania
Gainesville, Georgia
Augusta, Kentucky
Prairie View, Texas
Pacific, Missouri
Guymon, Oklahoma
Harrah, Oklahoma
Circle Pines, Minnesota
Peru, Illinois