Roxton to Paris

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Roxton to Paris

 

Overview

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.

Distance

14.4 miles

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 4 miles, cycling the trail is slow going, and hiking is slow as well. For a detour take roads FM137, FM 2122, FM 1506, FM 137 to Washington Street in Paris.

There is a 3 mile non-railbanked NETT segment between the Roxton rail banked section of the Chaparral corridor which ends at CO RD 22500 and extends to where the Paris rail banked section of the Greater Paris Development Foundation (GPDF) corridor begins at 4th SW Street. 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, the recommended route to work around for this section is as follows:

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 4th SW Street. Turn right on 4th SW continue to Hearne Ave., turn left on Hearne.  There you will have arrived at the west end of the Trail de Paris and GPDF rail banked corridor.  The GPDF corridor extends through Paris, Reno, Blossom, Detroit and ends at the west city limits of Clarksville.

Access points

Downtown Roxton at the Chaparral Rails to Trails Museum.

Appropriate for

Hiking; Biking; Equestrian

Facilities

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.

Additional information

Lamar County Chamber of Commerce

Local Emergency Contact Information:

Emergency/ Medical – 9-1-1
Lamar County Sheriff’s Department – (903) 737-2400
Constable
Paris Police Department


 

iconhotelHotels / Lodging

Find Hotels Near Paris

 

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• Roxton House B&B
• Big Al’s Café
• Roxton Café
• Nooks and Granny’s

 

iconattractionsArea Attractions

Natural resources:

• Sulphur River

Institutions:

• City Drug Store Museum
• Rock Falls Park
• Veterans Memorial Park
• Chaparral Museum
• Dr. Lura Gregory Memorial Library

Associations:

• 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

Recreation:

• Fossil and arrow hunting on Sulphur River
• Rock Falls Park

 


Gallery:

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