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    PARADISE, TEXAS

    Wise County, North Central Texas
    Highway 114
    6 miles SW of Decatur
    Population 450 (estimate)

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    Paradise, Texas stone silo and barn

    A stone silo and garage in Paradise is typical of the rockwork found throughout North Texas

    TE Photo, February 2004

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Originally called Eldorado when it was settled in the 1870s, the name was rejected by postal authorities. Paradise Prairie was suggested - accepted - and then shortened to its current name. A post office branch started operation in 1876. Like most towns of its era, nothing much happened until the railroad arrived. In this case it was the Rock Island line and the date was 1893. And like most towns of its era - it moved to be near the railroad. In this case it was only a mile NE.

    The town prospered despite its proximity to the county seat of Decatur. Paradise in 1900 had two cotton gins, two hotels and a newspaper - the Paradise Echo - plus the normal quota of churches and schools for a town its size.

    Populations rose and fell, but never went over 500 Paradisians. People started commuting to Fort Worth after WWII and the population dropped - it was estimated at 275 in the 1980s and has since increased to the current (2005) figure of 450.

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    The tale of one Sam Walker, told in the Shiner Gazette on Jan. 12, 1898 and rediscovered by Austin history buff Sloan Rodgers, is likely fiction disguised as news, but that surely didnít lessen the pleasure of reading it...

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