Paris is a city located in Lamar County, Texas. The city is in the northeast corner of Texas in the Piney Woods. It is also home to the 65-foot tall scaled version of the Eiffel Tower, commission in 1993 and located in Love Civic Center. The city has an area of 44.4 square miles.
What is Lamar County today was once part of Red River County during the Republic of Texas. Once the population grew in 1840, a new county was necessary to aid in its rapid growth. It was originally named after Vice President and the second Republic of Texas, Mirabeau Lamar. Lamar County was one of the 18 counties, which voted against succession in 1861.
As of the 2020 Census, Paris, Texas has a population of 24,171 people. The population was actually higher by almost 2,000 residents a decade prior, resulting in a decline of Paris, Texas residents. The average household size in Paris, Texas in 2020 was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.99. Among Paris, Texas residents, there were 933 foreign-born nationals, 18.9% of whom were naturalized U.S. citizens.
In Paris’s early days, the city was a large cotton exchange, as it was developed as cotton plantations. Today, cotton is still farmed in Paris, however, it is not a large part of the local economy. Paris contains a large hospital with two medical campuses including Paris Regional Medical Center South and Paris Region Medical Center North. It is among the main healthcare providers for residents in Northeast Texas as well as Southeast Oklahoma and is the largest employer of local residents. Some other larger employers in Paris include Campbell Soup, Kimberly-Clark, Turner Industries, the local school districts, and Walmart.
Culture & Recreation:
Paris has many late 19th-century and early to mid-20th century stately homes including the Rufus Fenner Scott mansion, which was constructed in 1910. Paris offers other recreation such as Pat Mayse Lake, Beaver’s Bend Resort Park, which is in nearby Oklahoma, the Lamar County Historical Museum, and its most known attraction, the Paris Eiffel Tower scale replica, which sports a large red cowboy hat on top, representing Texas.