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Paris, Indiana history

 Collection — Folder: S2435
Identifier: S2435

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a Golden Rod paper tablet used by Elmer Wilson of Deputy, Indiana to record "many historical facts" about Paris, Indiana that were presented at the September 11, 1926 meeting of the Jennings County Historical Society held at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Paris.


  • 1926/09

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

In September 1818, the town of Paris, Indiana was laid out on land donated by Samuel S. Graham of Jennings County and Zachariah Tannehill of Jefferson County. Consisting of 36 lots, one-half of the town lots were in Jennings County and the other half were in Jefferson County. To avoid confusion in record keeping, the state legislature soon declared the whole town to be legally within Jennings County. Paris became "Old Paris" around 1867 to differentiate it from Paris Crossing. Once one of the largest towns in southern Indiana, Paris became isolated and decreased in population and commercial importance following the construction of railroad lines that bypassed the town.


Cassin, Mary. "Paris (Ind.) is Proud Ghost of Former Pioneer Splender." Indianapolis Star (IN), Novmeber 10, 1940.

Indiana Historical Bureau. "Historical Societies." Indiana History Bulletin 4, no. 1. (October 1926): 5.

Lewis, Helen. "History of 'Old' Paris." Jennings County INGenWeb. Accessed September 29, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/29 by Laura Eliason.
Paris, Indiana history
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140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.