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Paris Texas Coca Cola Bottling Building

Description: Photograph of the current Coca Cola and Dr Pepper bottling plant west of down town Paris,Texas. Celebrating over a hundred years in Paris, Texas.Located on W. Bonham Ave, near the railroad.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

Lamar County Courthouse Interior

Description: Photograph of a portion of the first floor hallway of the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. Architectural aspects of the building include marble floors and wainscots. Wooden benches and ornamental light fixtures are also visible in this section of the hallway.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Looking Out of Windows]

Description: Photograph of windows with wooden frames in a building in Paris, Texas. A building and a tree are visible through the windows.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

Lamar County Courthouse Stairs

Description: Photograph of the details of the stairs, hand rails, and third-floor landing of a staircase in the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. A light fixture is visible in the third floor hallway.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Side View of Stairs]

Description: Photograph of a side view of a stair case in a building in Paris, Texas. A wooden bench is visible to the right, and a lamp hangs form the ceiling to the left.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Flight of Stairs]

Description: Photograph of a flight of stairs in a building in Paris, Texas. A lamp hangs from the ceiling to the right.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

SHSC Historical Marker Central National Road 1844

Description: Photograph of an SHSC (State Historical Survey Committee) marker commemorating the Central National Road started by the Republic of Texas in 1844. The road beagan at the mouth of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, passed through Milam County and downtown Paris, Texas, where this marker is placed at Union Station west of the downtown area. Text of the marker reads: "Central National Road of the Republic of Texas. Designed as a military highway, intended to make linkage with United States military road built to the north of the Red River in the 1820's. This was part of the national effort of Republic of Texas to open a good road system. Congress in 1839 passed a bill for a road east from Washington-on-the-Brazos to the Sabine River; 1841 legislation called for a road from the Nueces to the Red River and another from Austin to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Central National Road was created in 1844, to reach from mouth of the Elm Fork on the Trinity to Kiomatia Crossing on the Red. It went down a main street in Paris, which was founded in 1844; near its south end was the 1841 John Neely Bryan home, around which the city of Dallas originated. Major George W. Stell surveyed the 130-mile route. Plans called for a road 30 feet wide and a clear of tree stumps over 12 inches high. For each mile of road built (including bridges), grants of 160 acres of public lands were offered. Commissioners were Roland W. Box, Harrison county; James Bradshaw, Nacogdoches County; William M. Williams and Jason Wilson, Lamar County; John Yeary, Fannin County. The route is roughly followed by later roads. (1968)"
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Dome on a Building]

Description: Photograph of a red dome on top of a building with three floors of stained glass windows.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

Lamar County Courthouse Interior

Description: Photograph of the door to the Commissioner's Courtroom in the Lamar County Courthouse located in downtown Paris, Texas. This image shows a stained-wood door with transom, marble wainscot, and marble floor typical of the architecture in the building. Some woodwork in the courtroom is visible through the glass of the door.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Benches in a Hallway]

Description: Photograph of benches pushed against the wall in the hallway of a building in Paris, Texas. A staircase is visible to the left, and in the background, a man sits on one of the benches. Several evenly spaced lamps hang from the ceiling.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Exterior of a Church]

Description: Photograph of the exterior of a church with a red dome in Paris, Texas. Cars are parked in front of the building.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

Lamar County Courthouse Light Fixture

Description: Photograph of a light fixture and wall detail inside the District Courtroom of the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. This image shows the fixture as viewed from the balcony in the courtroom.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

Lamar County Courthouse Photographs

Description: Photograph of two black-and-white photographs on the wall of the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris, Texas. The top one is the southeast corner of the 1896 Courthouse that burned in the 1916 fire; the bottom one is the present courthouse soon after it was finished. Note the architectural similarities in the mid-sections of the walls, especially on the lower floor and the east entrance.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Photograph of a Ceiling]

Description: Photograph of the ceiling inside a building in Paris, Texas.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Jury Seats]

Description: Photograph of the jury seats in a courtroom in Paris, Texas. An American flag, another chair, and a door are visible beyond them.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Road in Paris, Texas]

Description: Photograph of a road in Paris, Texas. Cars and buildings are visible in the background.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

Lamar County Courthouse Stairs

Description: Photograph of the stairs to the third floor in the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. The white marble wainscot along the walls continues up and down the stairs. The floor is small tile, in a color to match the walls above the wainscot. The wood door near the stairs ends at the top of the wainscot, including detailed finish work. A light fixture is also visible above the landing.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Old Union Station in Paris]

Description: Photograph of the Old Union Station building in Paris, Texas. A marker to the right reads "Blue Star Memorial Highway". Cars are parked in the background to the left.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Location Info:
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Street on the Square]

Description: Photograph of a street on the square at Paris, Texas. A police car is parked to the right, and stores are visible in the background, including an antique mall, an art gallery, and the Paris Community Theatre.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Buildings and Road]

Description: Photograph of buildings on both sides of a road in Paris, Texas. Cars are visible in the background.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Wall Detail]

Description: Photograph of the detail of a carving on the inside wall of a building in Paris, Texas.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

Lamar County Courthouse Interior

Description: Photograph of the mail boxes inside the west entrance of the Lamar County Courthouse in downtown Paris, Texas. The marble wainscot and marble floors are consistent with the architecture in most of the building.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell