Introduction to Waxahachie, Texas
The history of Waxahachie dates back to the 1840s. The community's first settler, E.W. Rogers, arrived in 1845 and built his home in the present-day territory of the city. According to records, the name "Waxahachie" means "cow creek" or "buffalo creek" in a Native American language. However, it has also been translated as "cow manure" by Frank X. Tolbert, author of "An Informal History of Texas." Waxahachie was officially incorporated in 1871. The arrival of railroad in 1879 furthered development of the community. The city was the filming location for movies like "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Tender Mercies."
Waxahachie and Nearby Attractions
- Ellis County Museum
- Acton State Historic Site
- Children's Museum of Waxahachie
- Cedar Hill State Park
- Dallas World Aquarium
- Dallas Zoo
Things To Do In Waxahachie
Waxahachie is home to the Ellis County Museum, and the Children's Museum of Waxahachie. The Ellis County Museum, which is housed in an 1889 building, features exhibits of historical significance, while the Children's Museum of Waxahachie has educational programs and hands-on exhibits. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Waxahachie Country Club, Red Oak Valley Golf Club, and Old Brickyard Golf Course. People can walk along the Waxahachie Creek Hike & Bike Trail which winds through the woods along the creek. Boating and jet skiing can be enjoyed on Lake Waxahachie, which is also a popular place to go fishing for white bass, largemouth bass, crappie, and channel catfish. Cedar Hill State Park, which occupies 1,826 acres on the Joe Pool Reservoir, offers amenities for camping, boating, hiking, and picnicking. In addition, the community hosts the annual Crape Myrtle Festival & Driving Trail in July.
Air transportation is available from Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport.
Waxahachie Higher Education
Cedar Valley College, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Mountain View College, and University of Texas at Arlington are some of the nearby colleges.