Towns Named Paris

There are 16 towns in the United States with the name “Paris”, but only 8 of them have a population over 1,000. Most, but not all of the Parises, were named after the city in France. The Paris in New York State, for example, was named for Colonel Isaac Paris, a major benefactor. There is one state with two Parises, Wisconsin, but only one of them has more than 1,000 people. A few of the towns named Paris in The US, like Paris, TN, have replicas of the Eiffel Tower to entertain visitors and honor their namesakes.

Of course, the largest Paris in the world is the one in France. We have been there a few times but not recently. It has a population of 2,148,000+. It’s impossible to keep up with population change. The 2nd largest Paris is the one in Texas with a population of about 26,000 and a French attitude. “Howdy, Y’all”. Its Eiffel Tower replica sports a red cowboy hat. We’ve been there.

There are four other very diverse Parises in the world. They are in Denmark, Panama, Kiribati and Ontario. Kiribati is an island in the Pacific that most people have probably never heard of. The Ontario Paris, which is reportedly very pretty, is fairly large with a population exceeding 12,000. There once was a Paris in the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush, but it has completely disappeared.

There is a movie named Paris, Texas. Ruth has watched it and given it a fairly good review. I refused to watch it because it was directed by a respected German filmmaker named Wim Wenders, so how can it be authentic when it comes to Texas culture?



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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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