I’ve always dreamed of going to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. While my first planned trip to Europe is next summer, I will not be making my way to Paris, just yet.
So to fend of my urge to just say screw it and go to Paris, I had the chance to see another Eiffel Tower over the Thanksgiving holiday. On my way back from Tennessee I decided to go about an hour out of my way to Paris, Texas that is.
Located northeast of Dallas, Paris is a small town that in 1993 built its second Eiffel Tower. The first was made of wood and destroyed by a tornado. So the town commissioned the second. This time it would be 20m (65 ft) tall and a 1/16th scale of the one in France.
In 1998, the town added some Texas flair. That year the tower in Tennessee was moved to Paris, Tennessee and the height was raised to 70 feet, outdoing the one in Texas. So in response, Texas added a red cowboy hat giving it a height greater than that of the replica in Tennessee.
The structure in it self was quite interesting, even if it sat in a sleepy little northeast Texas town. The cowboy hat really makes it unique to Texas. But it makes me really want to see more of them. There are quite a few replicas all over the world. However, none of them will quite make up for seeing the real one, which I hope to do one day soon.
I’ve recently found out that there is a replica in Austin and even in North Carolina. Austin is a short drive for me and I hope to make it soon to see it. The one in Tennessee is not too far out of the way for me when visiting family, so that will be on the to-do list as well. I’ve seen the one in Vegas, but for some reason I do not find the ones at amusement parks as interesting.
Here are a few shots of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas.