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Paris in Lamar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Paris Fire, 1916

 
 
The Paris Fire, 1916 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. The Paris Fire, 1916 Marker
Inscription. Although Paris was founded in the mid-1840s, many of its historic structures were lost in a fire that destroyed almost half the town in 1916. The blaze started about five o'clock on the afternoon of March 21, 1916, at the S. J. Long Warehouse near the southwest city limits. Its cause is unknown, but one theory is that a spark from a switch engine ignited dry grass near the warehouse. Winds estimated at 50 miles per hour soon blew the fire out of control as it burned a funnel-shaped path to the northeast edge of Paris.

Firemen from Bonham, Cooper, Dallas, Honey Grove, and Hugo, Okla., helped the Paris Fire Department battle the flames, which were visible up to 40 miles away. The blaze destroyed most of the central business district and swept through a residential area before it was controlled at about sunrise on March 22.

Property damage from the fire was estimated at $11,000,000. The structures burned included the Federal Building and post office, Lamar County Courthouse and Jail, City Hall, most commercial buildings, and several churches. Rebuilding was begun quickly as townspeople collected relief funds and opened their homes to the victims. A railroad and market center before the disaster, Paris soon regained its former prosperity.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical
Marker located in town plaza. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. Marker located in town plaza.
Commission. (Marker Number 8216.)
 
Location. 33° 39.65′ N, 95° 33.41′ W. Marker is in Paris, Texas, in Lamar County. Marker is at the intersection of Grand Avenue (Business U.S. 82) and West Plaza, on the right when traveling west on Grand Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Grand Avenue, Paris TX 75460, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John James Culbertson (within shouting distance of this marker); First National Bank of Paris (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lamar County, C. S. A. (about 500 feet away); Lamar County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Paris Fire Department (about 600 feet away); Paris (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Joseph's Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Union Station (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Paris.
 
Also see . . .  About the Paris fire. (Submitted on September 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. DisastersNotable Events
 
Looking east from marker and part of the WWI era plaza. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
3. Looking east from marker and part of the WWI era plaza.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on September 9, 2016.
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