Pioneers settled the area about 1820. The village of Paris was formed on the Old Military Road between Little Rock and Fort Smith, and 5 miles (8 km) south of the Arkansas River. The Logan County seat, Paris, was named after the French capital in 1874. Paris was incorporated in 1879.
The villagers constructed a one-story frame courthouse. The town prison was constructed nearly three blocks from the courthouse, and remained the town's prison for many years. The prison now serves as the Logan County Museum. Visit the site of the last legal hanging in the state of Arkansas. See engine #2522—the sole remaining engine of its type from the True Grit era. Come for the annual Frontier Days Festival held the first Saturday in October.
arkansas.com; Charles Melton; Courtesy of the Arkansas State Archives; Marilyn Shay
Clockwise from top: Eiffel Tower Park; former Missouri Pacific #2522; site of the last legal hanging in Arkansas, Mattie Ross at True Grit Grounds.
Location of Character Board #1.
Check out the Paris Chamber of Commerce for additional details of all their events.
Coffeehouse on the square. Located at the corner of Walnut and Elm. (22 and 109). As you travel the True Grit Trail, stop in for a "Rooster's Roast," or a "Trail's Triple Meat hogie." Enjoy our comfy lounge area. Need a meeting place or a nice comfy place to do your homework that has gigabit wifi for free? That's us! We'd love to see you! We are here to serve our community."
12 E Walnut St, Paris, AR 72855