Introduction to Wylie, Texas
The community of Wylie was originally known as "Nickelville." Tracks for the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway were laid in the 1880s, which brought business to the vicinity of this railroad. The new location was named "Wylie" in honor of Colonel W. D. Wylie, a Civil war veteran and railroad official. The city was incorporated in 1887, and by 1900, had a schoolhouse, a bank, and gin mills. It received electrical service in 1920. Wylie was hit by a tornado in 1993 and in December, 1998, the city was ravaged by two fires. Recently, Wylie has transformed from a bedroom community to a more industrialized one.
Wylie and Nearby Attractions
- Little Chapel-in-the-Woods
- African American Museum
- Cedar Hill State Park
- Dallas World Aquarium
- Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
- Dallas Zoo
Things To Do In Wylie
The Heritage Farmstead Museum features an 1891 Victorian farmhouse, a windmill, and gardens. Various artifacts reflecting the region's historical and cultural heritage are housed in the African American Museum, Collin County Historical Society Museum, Dallas Holocaust Museum, and Dallas Museum of Art. The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, another popular destination in the area, has live animals, a 2-acre native plant garden, 4 miles of hiking trails, and a 289-acre sanctuary. Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, which was created by O'Neil Ford in 1941, is a place of historic interest near Wylie. Opportunities for the enjoyment of activities like boating, camping, swimming, mountain biking, picnicking, and hiking are available at the Lake Tawakoni State Park, Bonham State Park, and Cedar Hill State Park.
Air transportation is available from Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport.
Wylie Higher Education
Collin County Community College, Criswell College, Amberton University, and Brookhaven College are some of the colleges near Wylie.