Paris, Texas: The City of Ghost SightingsGUEST BLOGGERS, Interesting Towns, QUIRKY PLACES, USA MAINLAND — By Teresa Davis on August 10, 2012 at 19:07
Story by guest blogger Teresa Davis. Photos Copyright © Teresa Davis.
IT’S MY PLEASURE today to take you on a wonderful day trip to Paris, Texas, located about 98 miles northeast of Dallas.
As you get close to Paris, you will notice not only the rolling hills but also the fields of cotton. Hay is a staple product for the local farmers. Driving along the highway into Paris, all you will smell is the sweet aroma of hay.
I met with a friend whom I’ve known for years. She was born and raised in Paris, Texas and she took me on a tour of her town. The first thing we saw was the 70-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower (see feature photo). The tower has a huge red cowboy hat sitting atop it. The residents of Paris jokingly refer to their town as the “Second Largest Paris in the World.”
Paris has lots of great things to see, but what I did not know until I got there: Paris is known for its ghost sightings as well as its ghost stories. Well, being a person who is always interested in the “unknown,” I jumped on the opportunity to see some of the historical homes. My friend told me several stories from her own personal experiences.
Wise House is a three-story red brick home with Queen Anne architecture. The house was built in 1887 by W.B. Wise. My friend spent many nights in this house as a child, being friends with the owner’s daughter.
There are several secret passageways in this house. Wonder if they lead out to the slave quarters, located out back of the main house? The doors opened and closed by themselves, but she never really thought about it. She was told it was just the wind.
The Sam Bell Maxey House
This house is a lovely two-story home built in 1868 with a widow’s peak on top. My friend said she grew up on the story of how the woman of the house would always look for her husband from the widow’s peak and one day when he was killed and did not return, she jumped and died. The ghost stories are of a woman on the top floor looking out of the window.
The Culbertson House
This house was built by the founder of Paris. This house is known throughout Paris as “the house with the swimming pool in the basement.” My friend told me she grew up knowing about the pool. The story goes that a young girl drowned in the pool and her spirit remains in the house today. She is friendly and playful.
Paris Community Theatre
Paris Community Theatre was built in 1927 during the Art-Deco era. Supposedly, several ghosts have been spotted in the theater.
An actor came in for rehearsals early one day and was in make-up. She felt someone watching her and she caught a glimpse of a figure from the corner of her eye. She was always feeling uneasy in the theater. All the plays performed in this theater were plagued with all sorts of problems and some were forced to shut down.
The Campbell Soup House
OK, so this house is not really named “The Campbell Soup House,” but that is what it’s known for in Paris.
My friend told me this happened to her distant family. The husband worked for the Campbell Soup company in town. He fell into a vat of soup and died. When the wife heard the news, she hung herself in the hall. This is a beautiful house, but every family who’s lived in it has had nothing but trouble.
I hope I’ve given all you “ghost chasers” another place you might like to visit. Paris offers more than just ghost sightings, including many yummy places to eat and drink (such as Cozy Cappuccino and Bodacious Bar B Que) and interesting places to stay, such as Victorian Inns of Paris and Blossom Country Cottage.
While you’re there don’t forget to visit the Culbertson Fountain on the Plaza downtown. Also, you might like to visit Camp Maxey. The camp was started as a WWII infantry training camp and today is the Texas Army National Guard training facility.
I’m positive you’ll find something to like when you visit Paris, Texas!
TERESA DAVIS was born and raised in Texas. She is a writer on HubPages (tjdavis) and blogs at teresadavisblog.com. She owns her own business, Bella’s Scentsations. She has a great family: husband of 18 years, two grown daughters and one wonderful granddaughter. She loves to travel and she loves adventure! Teresa tweets as @iluvmnts4x4.