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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: 30,938 (2010) 21,426 (2000) 17,984 (1990)

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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 Landmarks/Attractions

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

Ellis County courthouse clock tower
TE Photo

Ellis County History and
Ellis County Courthouse

by Sam Fenstermacher
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.

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

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.

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.

Old Ellis County Jail, Waxahachie, Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson
The Old Ellis County Jail >
TX - Waxahachie City Cemetery Tombstones
Photo courtesy David Cole, October 2012
Waxahachie City Cemetery >
Waxahachie TX old schoolhouse
Waxahachie old schoolhouse
Photo courtesy Lori Martin, 12-05

More Texas Schoolhouses
Waxahachie TX Rogers Hotel
Restored Rogers Hotel
Photo courtesy Lori Martin, 12-05
Rogers Hotel - On the NE corner of the square.
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.
More Rooms with a Past
1889 masonic lodge in Waxahachie, Texas
The 1889 Masonic Lodge building
TE photo
Waxahachie TX
Waxahachie bank building
Photo courtesy Lori Martin, 12-05
Waxahachie bank entrance
TE photo
Waxahachie TX Odd Fellows Building
Odd Fellows Building in Waxahachie
Photo courtesy Lori Martin, 12-05
More Texas Lodges
Waxahachie Texas Gingerbread house
One of Waxahachie's "Gingerbread" houses
TE photo
Waxahachie, Texas depot
Waxahachie Depot
Photo courtesy Lori Martin, 12-05
More Texas Depots
Train station in Waxahachie, Texas
Waxahachie Depot breezeway
TE photo
1929 Ellis County jail
The 1929 Ellis County Jail
2001 photo
Classic Texas feed store, Waxahachie,  Texas
A classic Texas feed store
TE photo
More Texas Stores
Waxahachie Texas bridge
Historic bridge near downtown
TE photo
Texas Theater, Waxahachie, Texas
The 1895 Texas Theater
Photo courtesy texasmusictheater.com

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
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.
Nearby Day Trips & Weekend Getaways:

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Ellis County
I-35E north 30 miles to Dallas - Dallas Hotels
Hwy 287 42 miles northwest to Fort Worth - Fort Worth Hotels
Waxahachie Stories
  • "People & Places of Ellis County"
    Jeanne Moseley's Column : "Good Day for a Story":
    Jeanne is host of "People & Places of Ellis County"
    Friday mornings at 7:00 AM on KBEC Radio 1390 AM
  • Chautauqua by Bob Bowman
    Dominating Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie, a large wooden, octagonal-roofed pavilion stands as a symbol of entertainment and enlightment in the days before movies and television...


  • People
  • 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....

    Waxahachie, Texas Forum
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  • Waxahachie, Texas - cow
    Photo courtesy John Stankewitz
    Are There Cows in Texas? >
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