McAllen in Hidalgo County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Paris Gum Factory
During WW II, because of rationing, Andrew J. Paris (1919-1997) and his family had no sweets to sell in their Detroit, Mi. tobacconist shop. In 1942, in Mexico City, Paris found an ample supply of candies and chewing gum to save his family's store. In 1945, he established an import business in McAllen bringing in gum from Mexico. In 1946, he converted Mexican chewing gum factories to bubble gum production and cornered the latex market. In Feb. 1947, LIFE magazine dubbed him the "Bubble Gum King." On Oct. 1, 1947, the Paris Gum Factory opened in McAllen, employing fifty Hispanic women in the air-conditioned building, with sales worldwide. The Art-Deco factory designed by Lucile Hendricks of McAllen closed in 1955.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2012
City of McAllen
Paris Gum Factory
Is Designated A
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17235.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 26° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 609 West US 83 Business, McAllen TX 78501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McAllen Lodge No. 1111 A.F. & A.M. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Guadalupe Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pharr Volunteer Fire Department (approx. 2.6 miles away); Historic Pharr (approx. 2.7 miles away); City of Pharr (approx. 2.7 miles away); Old Pharr City Hall (approx. 2.7 miles away); Kiwanis Club of Pharr (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McAllen.
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