"Keeweechic's Ennis" Ennis by keeweechic

Ennis Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 95 photos

Bluebonnet Capital of Texas

Ennis began in 1871 when the Houston and Texas Central Railroad purchased 647 acres of land in Ellis County to establish a northern terminus for its line and in 1872 the site was officially established as the City of Ennis. The name came from Cornelius Ennis who was an early official of the Railroad and also served as Mayor of Houston in 1856-57). The town earned a ?wild west? reputation with its 13 saloons and six beer halls. It became a stop off place for outlaws such as Cole Younger?s gang and Sam Bass?s gang. In 1873 Czech immigrants started arriving and their influence is still strong in the region today.

The railroad, as with most of the early towns, was an important key to the development of Ennis as an agricultural, commercial and later an Industrial centre. In fact in 1920, Ellis County ginned the most bales of cotton in any county of America. Ennis became known as the place 'where railroads and cotton fields meet'.

Today Ennis is rapidly growing with a changing business environment. They are also taking pride in preserving their historic buildings and homes and creating a little of the atmosphere of the past.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks.
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  • Last visit to Ennis: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2004 at 3:41 PM

    Mmmm. The czech food sounds great. We have a large czech community in my neck of the woods, so I'm familiar with kolache and the like.

  • janika's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2004 at 10:30 PM

    The bluebonnets legend is very interesting. I also like the Downtown Emporium. Interesting how Europenas are established themselves all over in NA. Excellent page KW, like always! :)

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2003 at 1:50 AM

    Woww... Love those bluebonnets keewee.. I didn't realize the B.Bonnet trail was so early in the spring.. ;-/ Another amazing page Girl.. ;-)

  • F.Lade's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2003 at 4:11 PM

    Excellent page , pics & travellogues

  • Apr 20, 2003 at 7:32 AM

    Another brilliant page, Katie(I just saw your name by Wal). I wander how you can keep all your amazing journals of your wolrd travel! Lucky lady:-)Happy Easter!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2003 at 7:31 PM

    what would the country be without a good women, well done Katie I love the old Buildings in this place, but the Flowers stole my Heart....BEAUTIFUL, thanks for showing KW, great job

  • rozehill's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2003 at 5:21 PM

    Those bluebonnets look a bit similar to our blue wild lupins and those painbrush flowers are really beautiful as well.

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2003 at 5:04 PM

    As always, great information on the architecture of the place. The Czech influence is interesting and the fields of flowers are beautiful. Thanks!!

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2003 at 9:28 PM

    Thanks for bringing Ennis, Texas to life.


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