2013 Paris


When the 1916 fire completely destroyed Paris’s commercial district, the people rebuilt their town to what is now the largest collection of period 1916-1918 buildings in the nation listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That community spirit and Paris’ special buildings can be experienced in vibrant Plaza Square where Culberson Fountain graces the center of the downtown, in the restored Lamar County Courthouse, with living history at the Sam Bell Maxey House and on a trolley ride through two historic districts that play host to numerous restaurants, shops, churches, and restored lofts. Paris invites cyclists to ‘re-cycle” on miles of former railroad line now part of a rail-to-trail project that will connect Paris’s with other historic destinations.