Paris now has an Eiffel Tower.
Actually, its a replica of the 915.7 foot tall monument in Paris, France.
It was given to the city and delivered in mid-June by Don Eubanks, the retired former pastor at Paris First United Methodist Church. For now, it sits in front of the Kalamazoo Road home of John and Donna Flanagan. It will stay there until the city decides what to do with it, Flanagan said.
The replica is between 17 and 18 feet tall and weighs about 600 pounds, according to John Flanagan.
"It’s a decent likeness of the Eiffel Tower," Flanagan said. "When you see it, you know what it is."
Eubanks said he saw the object when he was driving through an industrial area in Fayetteville, where he lives.
"I visited with the fellow who made it and I asked him if he wanted to sell it and he did," Eubanks said. "He’s become a good friend since then."
Eubanks, who retired in 2010 after eight years at Paris FUMC, won’t say what he paid for the tower.
"We put it up at John’s for safekeeping," he said. "I hope Paris can put it to use. I’m hoping the city will have the vision to use it at one of the welcome to Paris signs at the city limits. You could also put Christmas lights on it. That would really be neat. But it’s up to the city what they do with it."
Flanagan said if the city doesn’t use it, the replica is just fine where it sits.
"The neighbors love it," Flanagan said. "They think it’s neat. They tell me if the city doesn’t want it, we could leave it right where it is now.
"If the city doesn’t want it, it’s fine," Flanagan said. "We’re in no hurry for it to be moved. It’s out of the way and I can mow around it so it’s fine. Paris should have an Eiffel Tower and now it does."
Eubanks said there two very important reasons he bought the tower and gave it to Paris.
"I’m giving it in love and appreciation to all the wonderful people of Paris and Logan County," he said. "And, in appreciation to my wife for her support during 45 years of ministry."