I’m at Paris Middle School today speaking to 3rd thru 12th grade students with the very cool librarian Anne Canada. It feels like an international visit with all these names. Yesterday, on the way here, I drove by London, Arkansas. I wonder what the story is behind the big city names for the small towns?

Mystery solved… One of the men who founded the area wanted to name the town, Marysville, after his blind daughter, Mary, but there was already a Marysville in Arkansas so he named it after his favorite European city, Paris France. (Anne the librarian looked this up for me).

Paris was the site of the last sanctioned public hanging in Arkansas before the first electric chair was installed in Little Rock. The hanging took place in July 1914.

They have a wonderful auditorium in this school…best set up this week.

Outstanding art from the students and a binder of illustrartions in a binder from the teachers.

Great day in Paris.