Roxton to Paris
Roxton, an incorporated town of 650 fifteen miles southwest of Paris, has a long and colorful history. First located on a hill a mile east of its present site, it moved to take advantage of the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1887 and soon became a booming agricultural center, specializing in cotton then and grain today. The town is situated among rolling hills and bounded by two creeks, one of which is spanned by a picturesque triple arched, masonry railroad trestle, the only one in Texas. It supports three parks and an elaborate sports center: Landers Park; Veterans’ Memorial Park, which celebrates the men and women of Roxton who have served and died for their country; Rock Falls Park, situated on an intriguing falls and rock formation on Cane Creek where generations of families have picnicked; and the Terrell Sports Complex. Roxton boasts three excellent museums: the Chaparral Rails to Trails Museum, which depicts the history of Roxton in artifacts and pictures, the Bramlett Taxidermy Sudio, and the singular City Drug Store Museum, which recreates in minute detail a pharmacy of the 1930’s and ’40’s and displays thousands and thousands of pharmaceutical items, merchandise, advertising pieces, a marble soda fountain, and an early 20th century doctors office with an extensive research library of early medical books. Tours are available to all museums upon request. Boasting an excellent, recognized school system, a vibrant Roxton sponsors annual events including a Fourth of July parade and fireworks, an city-wide garage sale, a Christmas Parade, a City Christmas Tree Lighting, the spring Hawg Waller Festival, and Roxton Saturday Night, when the town remakes itself into a busy Saturday in the ‘30’s when farm folks flocked to its many businesses.
Today, while Roxton is comfortable with all the amenities of small-town Texas living, it is not fixated on its past. It has a well appointed community center, the fine Dr. Lura Gregory Memorial Library, civic organizations, the nationally known KBA sports equipment company, a bed and breakfast, the Commercial Bank of Texas, the Valley Feed Mill, cafes, groceries, and service stations. Roxton is indeed “Home Town, U.S.A.”
For further information, call (903) 346-3535.
Surface & Condition
Good surface condition, gravel and grass. Suitable for mountain biking and hiking. Some water holes after rains. (Note: The Roxton to Paris trail segment is to be completed by 2018.)
After the first 4miles, the trail is not rideable; very slow going, hiking slow as well, but better. If cycling, take roads FM137, FM 2122, FM 1506, FM 137 to Washington Street in Paris.
There is a NETT segment between the Roxton rail banked section of the
Chaparral corridor that ends at CO RD 22500 to where the Paris rail banked
section of the Greater Paris Development Foundation (GPDF) corridor begins
at 8SE Street that is not rail banked. The City of Paris and the Friends of
the Trail have approached the owner Union Pacific. At this time they are not
interested in giving us a (Rail with Trail) adjacent easement. We are still
working on this.
So, this is the recommended route to navigate this section:
Turn right onto CO RD 22500 to FM 137, turn left (North) on FM 137, proceed
on FM 137 over Loop 286 to Washington Street. Turn right onto Washington and
proceed east to 1st SW Street. Turn right on 1st SW to Hearne Ave., turn
left on Hearne crossing Church Street to 3rd SE street and turn left to
Jackson Street, turn right on Jackson crossing 6th SE street to 8th SE
Street, turn right on 8th SE, crossing a set of RR tracks and immediately on
your left is the Trail de Paris-trail head entry to the GPDF rail banked
corridor thru Paris, Reno, Blossom, Detroit to Clarksville.
Downtown Roxton at the Chaparral Rails to Trails Museum.
Hiking; Biking; Equestrian
Parking in downtown Roxton at the Chaparral Rails to Trails Museum; Restroom in museum, however currently only open the first Saturday of each month. As the trail usage increases, it is anticipated that the museum would be open more frequently.
Local Emergency Contact Information:
Emergency/ Medical – 9-1-1
Lamar County Sheriff’s Department – (903) 737-2400
Paris Police Department
Hotels / Lodging
• Roxton House B&B
• Big Al’s Café
• Roxton Café
• Nooks and Granny’s
• Sulphur River
• City Drug Store Museum
• Rock Falls Park
• Veterans Memorial Park
• Chaparral Museum
• Dr. Lura Gregory Memorial Library
• Hawg Waller Festival
• Roxton Saturday Night Festival
• City-wide Garage Sale
• Christmas Tree Lighting
Historic Sites / Significant Locations:
• Historic Railroad Trestle – triple arch masonry one of two in Texas
• Fossil and arrow hunting on Sulphur River
• Rock Falls Park
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