Details for Paris Gum Factory (Atlas Number 5507017235)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507017235

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Marker Number 17235
Atlas Number 5507017235
Marker Title Paris Gum Factory
Index Entry Paris Gum Factory
Address 609 West US Business Highway 83
City McAllen
County Hidalgo
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 577319
UTM Northing 2898343
Subject Codes factories, industrial buildings
Marker Year 2012
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Southeast corner Business Highway 83 and West Sixth Street
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text PARIS GUM FACTORY DURING WW II, BECAUSE OF RATIONING, ANDREW J. PARIS (1919-1997) AND HIS FAMILY HAD NO SWEETS TO SELL IN THEIR DETROIT, MI. TOBACCONIST SHOP. IN 1942, IN MEXICO CITY, PARIS FOUND AN AMPLE SUPPLY OF CANDIES AND CHEWING GUM TO SAVE HIS FAMILY’S STORE. IN 1945, HE ESTABLISHED AN IMPORT BUSINESS IN MCALLEN BRINGING IN GUM FROM MEXICO. IN 1946, HE CONVERTED MEXICAN CHEWING GUM FACTORIES TO BUBBLE GUM PRODUCTION AND CORNERED THE LATEX MARKET. IN FEB. 1947, LIFE MAGAZINE DUBBED HIM THE “BUBBLE GUM KING.” ON OCT. 1, 1947, THE PARIS GUM FACTORY OPENED IN MCALLEN, EMPLOYING FIFTY HISPANIC WOMEN IN THE AIR-CONDITIONED BUILDING, WITH SALES WORLDWIDE. THE ART-DECO FACTORY DESIGNED BY LUCILE HENDRICKS OF MCALLEN CLOSED IN 1955. RECORDED TEXAS HISTORIC LANDMARK – 2012