A key player in the Trail de Paris' journey from idea to fruition is the new namesake of a bridge there.
Earl Erickson started his work with the Northeast Texas Trail 14 years ago and proposed the idea for the Trail de Paris, used for so many local events.
His vision for the transformation of an old railroad corridor into something for both families and athletes is now written in stone on the trail bridge, after Paris City Council voted a few weeks ago to dedicate it in his name to honor his patronage of such a large project.
"The longer a trail is, the further people will come to use it, the more time and money they'll spend in the area," said Erickson.
The Northeast Texas Trail is still being built, but when complete will be 130 miles long, stretching through 7 counties, from Farmersville to New Boston.