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    WAXAHACHIE, TEXAS

    Ellis County Seat, Central Texas North
    I-35E : 30 miles S of Dallas
    Hwy 287 : 42 miles SE of Fort Worth

    Population: 21,426 (2000) 17,984 (1990)

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    Ellis County courthouse clock tower
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    Ellis County History and
    Ellis County Courthouse

    by Sam Fenstermacher (Text and photos)

    A J. Reily Gordon design; many regard it as his Texas masterpiece. It's been used as a backdrop for such films as Places in the Heart and Bonnie and Clyde.

    Wise County (Decatur) has a fraternal twin to this one.

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    Waxahachie courthouse face
    Photo Sam Fenstermacher
    A Stone-cold Love Story
    Waxahachie's Courthouse Grotesques Or
    The Star-crossed Romance of Harry and Mabel

    The Legend from Three Sources
    A gallery of the stone faces photographed and arranged by Sam Fenstermacher

    Waxahachie Landmarks/Attractions

    Waxahachie has 227 properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This is 20% of the Texas entries in the Register.

    Chautauqua Auditorium in nearby Getzendaner Park. The era of self-improvement provided a money-making opportunity for promoters and speakers in the late 19th and early part of the 20th Century. This structure was built in 1902.

    On the square you will find the Ellis County Museum in a beautifully restored building at 201 South College. Be sure to examine the detail on the front door hinges. Like most museums, this one has a lot of old things, but here they are in better condition and the individual items are a little more unusual. Check out the cotton bale scale. The gift shop has an excellent book of historic Ellis County photos, including the railroad yards at Ennis.

    At 515 West Main you will find the Nicholas P. Sims Library. Sims was a farmer who donated funds for the library which was built in 1902.

    On the NE corner of the square is the recently restored Rogers Hotel. Patrons could sleep on the rooftop during summer months, and there was a natarorium in the basement. Northern baseball teams like the The Detroit Lions and Chicago White Sox would winter here.

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    Old Ellis County Jail, Waxahachie, Texas
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson
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    TX - Waxahachie City Cemetery Tombstones
    Photo courtesy David Cole, October 2012
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    Photo courtesy Lori Martin, 12-05
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    Richard Ellis
    History in a Pecan Shell

    The county was named after Richard Ellis, who presided over the 1836 Texas Constitutional Convention.

    The city was named after nearby Waxahachie Creek, a Tonkawa Indian word for Buffalo or Cow.



    Richard Ellis monument on lawn of Ellis County Courthouse
    October 2002
    Copyright Sam Fenstermacher

    Waxahachie History


    Waxahachie:
    Where Cotton Reigned King

    by Kelly McMichael Stott
    Photographs Courtesy of
    The Ellis County Historical Museum
    Arcadia Publishing's
    The Making of America Series.
    December 2002

    The Endangered Spring Creek Bridge of Ellis County
    Letter from Joe Bento, Ellis County Resident

    Ellis County Towns & Ghost Towns
    Ellis County Seat - Waxahachie
    Ellis County Courthouse
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  • Richard Ellis by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" Column)
    His imagined likeness stands frozen in bronze outside the courthouse of the county bearing his name, but Richard Ellis is a long way from being one of the more-recognized figures in Texas history....

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  • Waxahachie definitely deserves a weekend visit. The chamber can furnish you with information on the courthouse, historic home driving & walking Tours, the annual Gingerbread Trail Home Tour in June, and a map of local homes and buildings and the movies in which they appeared.
    Waxahachie Tourist Information
    Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce - 102 YMCA Drive
    Phone: 972-937-2390.
    Website:www.texasusa.com/waxahachie

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