Paris in Lamar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Paris Cotton Compress
In 1884, the owners added a warehouse to the complex. By the 1890s, the Paris compress had two steam presses operating 24 hours a day in season for shipment to domestic and European markets. The compress compacted ginned bales of cotton to a specific density. In 1895, state rules set that density at 22.5 pounds per cubic foot for domestic use. The firm of Martin, Wise, and Fitzhugh became one of the largest cotton buyers in the South, with offices in New York, New Orleans, and Liverpool,
Production topped out at around 100,000 bales per year in the 1920s. The compress remained viable despite the post World War II decline in local cotton production, until the 1973 cotton boll weevil infestation decimated local crops. In 1978, the compress shut down and in the 1980s, the complex was dismantled.
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17903.)
Location. 33° 39.045′ N, 95° 33.444′ W. Marker is in Paris, Texas, in Lamar County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Street SW and West Hearne Avenue, on the right when traveling south on 1st Street SW. Touch for map. Located near the east side of the Lamar County Sheriff's Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1223 1st Street SW, Paris TX 75460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sam Bell Maxey (approx. ¼ mile away); Lightfoot - Coleman House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Judge Wm. Henry Lightfoot House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Central Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); John S. Chisum First Baptist Church of Paris (approx. 0.6 miles away); Travis Clack Henderson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paris.
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 10, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.