Paris, Lamar County, Texas
Paris is the county seat of Lamar County. It is on U.S. highways 271 and 82 in the central part of the county in the upland separating the tributaries of the Red and Sulphur rivers. The first recorded settlement in the vicinity was in 1826, and settlements were known to be in the area as early as 1824. The town was founded by merchant George W. Wright, who donated fifty acres of land in February 1844, when the community was also designated the county seat by the voters. It was incorporated by the Congress of the Republic of Texas on February 3, 1845. The community was named for Paris, France, by one of Wright's employees, Thomas Poteet. Paris was on the Central National Road of the Republic of Texas, which ran from San Antonio north through Paris to cross the Red River. By the eve of the Civil War, when it had 700 residents, Paris had become a cattle and farming center. Lamar was one of the few Texas counties that voted against secession, though many of its inhabitants later served in the Confederacy. In 1877 and 1916, major fires forced the city to rebuild.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
Daisy Harvill | © Texas State Historical Association
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View of the historic area of downtown Paris, the seat of Lamar County, Texas. Photograph by Photolitherland.
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Paris by the Numbers
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|24,476||2020||United States Census Bureau|
|25,330||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|25,171||2010||United States Census Bureau|
|25,898||2000||United States Census Bureau|
|24,799||1990||United States Census Bureau|
|25,498||1980||United States Census Bureau|
|23,441||1970||United States Census Bureau|
|20,977||1960||United States Census Bureau|
|21,643||1950||United States Census Bureau|
|18,678||1940||United States Census Bureau|
|15,649||1930||United States Census Bureau|
|15,040||1920||United States Census Bureau|
|11,269||1910||United States Census Bureau|
|9,358||1900||United States Census Bureau|
|8,254||1890||United States Census Bureau|
|3,980||1880||United States Census Bureau|
|1,500||1860||United States Census Bureau|
|1,003||1858||Texas Demographic Center|