Population 24,965

Altitude 592


Founded 1839 on divide between Red and Sulpher Rivers; became seat of Lamar County 1844; settled by diverse frontier society including Sam Bell Maxey, West Point graduate, attorney and Confederate General. Retired outlaw Frank James (brother of Jesse) clerked in a local dry goods store. Home of John Chisum, who became one of the West's foremost cattle barons. Notorious frontier outlaw queen, Belle Starr, tended a farm near town.

The Paris Visitors and Convention Council at 1651 Clarksville St. will provide walking and driving tour maps that include some 34 points of interest, including the 1920's downtown architecture and historic sites.

Today a commercial/marketing center for fertile agricultural region; home of Paris Junior College.


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