Ennis Texas History
Welcome to Bardwell Lake in Ennis, Texas, one of the largest lakes in Texas and the second largest lake in the United States. Minutes south of Dallas on Interstate 45 and just a few miles from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, it is a small town of just over 1,000 residents.
Ennis is home to a 500-km drag race track built in 1986 and is home to the Texas Motor Speedway, the largest and most famous drag race track in the world. Ennis was the site of a 1986 Quarter-Mile Drag Racing Facility that has since been used as the main runway at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Ennis is home to Texas Motor Speedway, the largest and most famous drag race track in the world. Ennis was the site of a 1986 built drag race facility that has since been used as the main runway of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Ennis was born in 1894 and moved to Texas Midland, which served Paris, Texas, in 1897. The railroad company in Ellis County was the Dallas, Fort Worth and Texas Railroad (H - TC), a subsidiary of the Texas Midlands Railroad, which served the northeastern part of Ellis County and reached as far as Enris. This heavily used line stretched from Dallas to Corsica and passed through eastern Ellis County. After completing the expansion to Dallas and building a new station at Dallas - Dallas International Airport in 1892, it joined the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad as the third railway line in Texas.
The first improved road was completed in 1908 and extended from Waxahachie to Ennis, connecting the town of Enris with the city of Midlothian and the cities of Dallas and Corsica. The road served as an important east-west artery linking Enis, Waxahsachies and Mid Lothians and connecting various intercity lines. It was connected to Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas Railroad (H-TC) by the Texas Midland Railway (TMT).
The Dallas-Houston road bypassed the eastern part of Ellis County in the 1850s, and the railroad abandoned the line east of Kaufman to Ennis. The Enris-Kaufman line, formerly called Texas Midland, was abandoned after the Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas Railroad (H-TC) was completed in 1908.
Ellis County voted to secede from the Union in 1876, with the majority of the population voting for secession, reflecting the belief that cotton was the key to its future. Ellis County remained the leading cotton producer in the state of Texas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and cotton production remained at a high level nationwide. While much of the cotton was produced in the states until the 1920s, newly irrigated fields in western Texas, like Ennis, began to grow significant amounts of this crop.
The southern expansion would never be realized, but Texas Midland would eventually be bought and annexed in 1928 by the South Pacific region that leased the line. Southern extension, which was later annexed again - in 1929 - to Texas Midland and finally bought and annexed by TexasMidland in the late 1920s. A southern expansion that would never have been realized; eventually it was bought and annexed by the North Pacific in Texasmidland in 1930, then leased to the South Pacific.
T - NO acquired Texas Midland, Houston and Texas Central and dissolved the company in a merger to consolidate the H - TC line into the South Pacific system and to completely discontinue the Texas - Midlands route. T - No acquired the companies and dissolved them in a further merger, integrating the "H" and "TC" lines into its system and leaving the California-Texas line and the North Pacific line entirely to the South Pacific. In the late 1920s, T-NO acquired both Texas Midland and Houston TexasCentral and dissolved them in another merger, consolidating the H and TC lines in its systems, consolidating the Houston-Houston line in them, but completely abandoning the Texas-Midland route and all its routes.
While Ennis would continue to see the T-NE link to Dallas and Houston, the northeastern spur between Enis and Paris remained deserted and unused. While Enniks would have continued to see the T-NO service between Dallas and Houston, it would have remained unused and abandoned for the rest of his life. Although Enniens would have continued to operate the Dallas-Texas Central and Texas Central routes to the Texas Midland route and all of its routes, as well as the Houston-Houston line.
The builders of the line had originally proposed an extension to Waco, but the Texas New Orleans Railroad bought the company in 1928 and canceled the plan. The Texas - New Louisiana Railroad acquired Texas Midland, Houston and Texas Central in 1934 and the Ennis Line in 1935.
Atlas Tag and Label of Neenah, WI joined the Ennis network, becoming the twelfth of its acquisitions in a decade. The acquisition of the Wolfe City plant made it the second largest Tag Label manufacturer in the US and the first in Texas.