Railroading in Ellis County

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Overview
The Houston and Texas Central Railroad made its way through eastern Ellis County in 1871 and played an integral role in the founding of Ennis, Texas. Eventually, that community would be designated as a division point along the line. The H&TC's arrival also brought growth and prosperity to other communities on the line, including Alma, Garrett, Palmer, and Ferris. It made its mark on the area. The Waxahachie Tap was the vision of many of that city's earliest settlers. Within a decade of its completion in September 1879, Waxahachie's cotton production multiplied and the town would soon earn the moniker "Where Cotton Is King." Midlothian and its surrounding communities would never be the same once connected by the Chicago, Texas, and Mexican Central Railroad in 1881. The rail had arrived and Ellis County was transformed.
Details
ISBN: 9780738579153
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date:
State: Texas
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
The Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum was instrumental to this project. Located in the former depot, it is a testimony to the historical role the railroad played in Ennis and all of Ellis County. Images were also gathered from the Ellis County Museum, City of Ennis, Ennis Public Library, and the Ford Curry Collection. Laurie Wilson is a member of the Ellis County Czech Heritage Society, Ellis County Museum, and both she and coauthor Peggy Rankin are members of the Ennis Heritage Society.