Paris, Lamar County, Texas

Paris, Lamar County, Texas

View of the historic area of downtown Paris, the seat of Lamar County, Texas. Photograph by Photolitherland.

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.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
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