Settled over a century and a half ago, today Paris and the surrounding community is quickly
becoming a focal point of the newly-formed 18,600 acre Mark Twain Lake in northeast Missouri.
The county seat of Monroe County, Paris is nestled in the agriculturally-fertile Salt River Valley.
Despite its small size (1,500 in Paris and less than 10,000 in the county), the area offers virtually
every accommodation and novelty found in much larger population centers. And because of its
limited population, the community places a high regard on its people and neighbors.
In one respect, the area is a throwback to a bygone era: people live in harmony; kids are free to
be kids; elderly are treated with respect; and no one is afraid to take a walk in the evening.
Paris is the "hometown" of internationally acclaimed artist Gordon Snidow, whose works can be
found in the county's historical society's museum at the courthouse, and the late Mary Margaret
McBride, author and radio and television personality.
Visitors to Mark Twain Lake will be attracted by Florida's Mark Twain Shrine. The
quarter-of-a-century old museum is a tribute to Samuel Clemens, who was born in the county and
in later years used many of his childhood friends from the county in his books.
Along with Twain's original birthplace, the Shrine possesses the authors invaluable handwritten
manuscript of "Tom Sawyer".
The area is proud of its past. One of Missouri' four remaining covered bridges is located just west
of town and the county's history can be found uniquely muraled in the rotunda of the courthouse.
Mark Twain Country Club, a semi-private, nine-hole golf
course, is located just east of Paris.
For in-depth demographics, visit OSEDA
Monroe County Facts.
Revised Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Visitor