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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 30, 2011
Parisian (inhabitant of Paris, Texas)

"Parisian” is the name of an inhabitant of Paris, Texas. The name “Parisian” has been cited in print since at least 1905.

“Parisian,” of course, originally refers to a person of Paris, France.

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 the city, but was not set there.

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.

It is governed by a city council as specified in the city’s charter adopted in 1948. It has fewer than 100 police officers, and fewer than 100 fire fighters. It is rated Risk Zone 1 for earthquake potential, the lowest rating.

Wikipedia: Parisian
Parisian may refer to:
. a person born and raised in Paris

Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Par·is geographical name \ˈpa-rəs, Fr pä-ˈrē\
Definition of PARIS
1city NE Texas pop 25,898
2or ancient Lu·te·tia \lü-ˈtē-sh(ē-)ə\ city ∗ of France on the Seine pop 2,125,851
Pa·ri·sian \pə-ˈri-zhən, -ˈrē-\ adjective or noun

25 February 1905, Colorado Springs (CO) Gazette, pg. 4, col. 2:
Prof. N. J. Badu of Llano is registered at the Brazos hotel. Prof. Badu is an old-time friend of mine from Paris, where I knew him some years ago, I mean Paris, Texas, of course. (...)—Houston (Tex.) Post.

10 October 1907, Fort Worth (TX) Telegram, pg. 2, col. 6:
Parisians May Visit Dallas Fair in Body
Special to The Telegram.
PARIS, Texas, Oct. 10.—It has been suggested to the Paris Fifty Thousand Club that they arrange for a regular Paris day at the Dallas fair. The club will act on the suggestion and it is likely that all Parisians will visit the Dallas fair together.

5 June 1910, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, pt. 3, pg. 1, col. 7:
Paris Is Mother
to Ball Players!
Sons Everywhere

Paris, Texas, is mother to the Texas League.
Beyond the confines of the Texas League, Parisians are also numerous.

7 July 1921, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, pg. 15, col. 4:
PARIS, Texas, July 7.—Paris won another leg on the Culbertson Cup yesterday in a hard fought tournament in which there were contestants from Bonham, Sherman, Greenville, Texarkana and McKinney.

1 September 1933, Paris (TX) News, “Thousands Join Paris NRA Salute,” pg. 1, col. 8:
As thousands of Parisians packed and jammed about the streets o the plaa and the line o march, cheered in approval, Paris’ NEA big parade, signifying successful conclusion of a drive to enlist Paris merchants and consumers under the Blue Eagle, moved through the principal streets of Paris Friday afternoon.

4 September 1933, Paris (TX) News, pg. 5, col. 7:
Among numerous letters received by the News in regard to a recent radio program dedicated to Paris over Station WFAA at Dallas, is one from a former resident of Paris W. A. Logan of Dallas.

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