"Ennis, Texas--A Proud Heritage" Ennis by VeronicaG

Ennis Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 95 photos

The National Polka Festival

Rediscovering My Childhood

Ennis, Texas was named after a former mayor of Houston and railroad millionaire, Cornelius Ennis, in 1872. It's located along the Texas Bluebonnet Trail and is about 25 miles or a 30 minute drive from Dallas. During the "Wild West Era" it welcomed ten passenger trains a day.

Ennis has a proud Czech heritage and celebrates this distinction with an annual Polka Festival. We traveled there on Memorial Day weekend to rediscover a childhood joy, so to speak.

Many cherished memories are of family weddings on my mother's side of the family who were Polish. The old folk seemed to come alive during these special events! I remember whirling around the floor with uncles and cousins to the cheerful tunes of accordion music and laughter. Can those vivid memories be recaptured?

OH,YES--why are these people so happy? They're smiling because it's just so darn much fun!

  • Last visit to Ennis: May 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 2, 2008
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  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    How would I not love Ennis? Never would have thought about all those Poles in Texas. Fabulous costumes. Love the eggs. AND a historic district to boot! Guess I better put Ennis on my list!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Another lovely page, Veronica! You've been doing quite a lot of hopscotching around Texas this year too!! Still considering the Big Texas Meet!!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    I do love the Polka music = great heritage page

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2008 at 7:42 AM

    Little Ennis Czechadees -- what a great name for a Czech dancing group! What with the polka festivals and the Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum, this sounds like a really interesting (and healthy, from all that polka dancing) little town.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2008 at 4:37 AM

    What a tribute to Ennis and to your "roots". To treasure the history of these small towns and their past is to honor what we are as Americans...a real "melting pot" of nationalities. This is a sensational page, one I enjoyed seeing & reading, Veronica.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    I just could wait no longer to read about the polka festval. It sounds like a not to be missed event.


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