Paris, Texas, USA

Paris is a city and county seat of Lamar County, Texas, United States. Paris is in Northeast Texas at the western edge of the Piney Woods, and 98 miles (158 km) north-east of the DallasFort Worth Metroplex. Physiographically, these regions are part of the West Gulf Coastal Plain.

Following a tradition of American cities named "Paris" (named after France's capital), the city commissioned a 65-foot-tall (20 m) replica of the Eiffel Tower in 1993 and installed it on site of the Love Civic Center, south-east of the town square. In 1998, the city placed a giant red cowboy hat atop its tower.

In the past, Paris was a major cotton exchange, and the county was developed as cotton plantations. While cotton is still farmed on the lands around Paris, it is no longer a major part of the economy.

Paris' one major hospital has two campuses: Paris Regional Medical Center South (formerly St. Joseph's Hospital) and Paris Regional Medical Center North (formerly McCuistion Regional Medical Center). It serves as the centre of healthcare for much of Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma. Both campuses are now operated jointly under the name of the Paris Regional Medical Center, a division of Essent Healthcare. Paris Regional Medical Center South Campus has recently closed and only the North Campus remains open. The health network is one of the largest employers in the Paris area.

Outside of healthcare, the largest employers are Kimberly-Clark and Campbell's Soup. Other large employers are: Kimberly-Clark, Turner Industries, Paris ISD, North Lamar ISD, Walmart, TCIM, City of Paris, and We-Pack Logistics.

Image: Adobe Stock By Felix Mizioznikov #218780112

Paris has a population of over 24,840 people.

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