the Lamar County Courthouse
Second in size only to the Confederate Monument on the grounds
of the Texas Capitol, this monument was the first commissioned work of Italian-American
sculptor Pompeo Coppini.
The familiar figure of the generic Confederate
soldier stands above the busts of four champions of “The Lost Cause.” Jefferson
Davis, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Texas’ own Albert Sidney Johnston.
the Center of the Square
A gift to the city by Paris
businessman/ philanthropist J. J. Culbertson, this Italian marble fountain was
meant to commemorate the city’s rebirth after the 1916 fire that destroyed most
of the city. Designed by St. Louis architect J. L. Wees, it is said that it was
inspired by fountains the Culbertson family had seen while in Italy. The fountain
took three years to assemble (1924-1927).
Honoring the Lamar County men who died in “the war to end
all wars,” this unique design is a somber memorial compared to the more common
“Doughboy” statues seen around the United States. The extinguished torch symbolic
of young lives cut short. Also designed by architect J. L. Wees, who did the beautiful
Gothic R. F. Scott building on the square and the Scott Mansion (said to be the
only Art Nouveau mansion in the United States). Funding for the memorial was also
by J. J. Culbertson.
George W. Wright,
Founder of Paris, Texas Although
this article is entitled three historic memorials; we are including the bust of
Paris' founder, a modern work of a historical figure.