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
25,330 2019 Texas Demographic Center
25,171 2010 Texas Demographic Center
25,898 2000 Texas Demographic Center
24,799 1990 Texas Demographic Center
25,498 1980 Texas Demographic Center
23,441 1970 Texas Demographic Center
20,977 1960 Texas Demographic Center
21,643 1950 Texas Demographic Center
18,678 1940 Texas Demographic Center
15,649 1930 Texas Demographic Center
15,040 1920 Texas Demographic Center
11,269 1910 Texas Demographic Center
9,358 1900 Texas Demographic Center
8,254 1890 Texas Demographic Center
3,980 1880 Texas Demographic Center
1,500 1860 Texas Demographic Center
1,003 1858 Texas Demographic Center