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Located in the center of Ellis County, Waxahachie has been the county's vibrant heartbeat since the town was formed in 1850. From its glory days in the early 1900s as the nation's largest cotton-producing area to the thriving city it is today, Waxahachie-much like its beautiful stock of Victorian and early-20th-century homes and buildings-is unique in Texas. Waxahachie's economy flourished up until the 1920s, when cotton farmers in South and West Texas began to compete with other lucrative cotton markets. When the Great Depression arrived, demand for cotton fell, marking the end of Ellis County's quick rise in commercial success. The town's dramatic history ranges from celebrated prosperity and culture to economic hardship, all of which can be seen in the well-preserved photographs in this book.
ISBN: 9780738571751
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 208
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This engaging retrospective highlights the captivating history of Waxahachie through historical photographs from the Ellis County Museum and local residents. Author Kathryn E. Eriksen is an attorney, author, and an owner of the Waxahachie Journal (WaxahachieJournal.com)-an online e-zine that provides interesting stories, highlights local events, and connects the people of Ellis County and Waxahachie. Author Laurie J. Wilson is actively involved with the Ennis Public Library Historic Archive Project and is a member of the Ellis County Czech Heritage Society and the Ennis Heritage Society.
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