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The city of Paris, Texas is the county seat of Lamar County and has a large sign at the city’s edge with the slogan, “Second Largest Paris in the World and a 65-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower. The town was founded by George Wright, a local merchant who donated fifty acres of land in 1844. It was incorporated by the Congress of the Republic of Texas in 1845. One of his employees was the person who came up with the name for the town. By the time of the Civil War, Paris had turned into an important cattle and farm center. Lamar was one of the minority of Texas towns and cities to vote against secession. Many of its men, however, served in the Confederate Army.

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