A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 13, 2011
A great place to hang your hat (Paris, Texas slogan)

The city of Paris, Texas constructed a 65-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower in 1993. A red cowboy hat rests at the top of the tower.

Paris has used the slogan “A great place to hang your hat!” since at least 2008. The slogan has been promoted by the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce.


Wikipedia: Paris, Texas
Paris, Texas is a city located 98 miles (158 km) northeast of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex in Lamar County, Texas, in the United States. It is situated in Northeast Texas at the western edge of the Piney Woods. Physiographically, these regions are part of the West Gulf Coastal Plain. In 1900, 9,358 people lived in Paris; in 1910, 11,269; in 1920, 15,040; and in 1940, 18,678. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 25,171. It is the county seat of Lamar County and serves as a business and employment center for the county.

The film Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders was named after this city, but it was not set there.

The city does not celebrate Bastille Day every July 14, though at one time local downtown merchants hosted Bastille Day sales. Local residents like the humorous slogan “Second Largest Paris in the World.” Following a tradition of American cities named “Paris”, a 65-foot (20 m) replica of the Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1993. In 1998, presumably as a response to the 1993 construction of a 70-foot (21 m) tower in Paris, Tennessee, the city placed a giant red cowboy hat atop the tower. The current tower is at least the second Eiffel Tower replica built in Paris; the first was constructed of wood and later destroyed by a tornado.

ParisTexas.com (2008 tourist guide)
PARIS, TEXAS
A great place to hang your hat!

Mental Mosaic
August 12th, 2011
Weekend Road Trip to Paris, Texas
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Even so, I had fun and agree with the town slogan for Paris, Texas which proclaims it to be, “A great place to hang your hat.” Of course, I doubt they had a red wool beret in mind…

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Saturday, August 13, 2011 • Permalink