Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ennis
601 N Sonoma Trail, Ennis, Texas, 75119, United States
More about Ennis
William T. "Dooney" Pierce
Goodtime Charlie's General Store and Antiques
Polka Freak Out
Travel Tips for Ennis
As I mentioned earlier, ten trains a day deposited their passengers in Ennis when the railroad was at its peak.
Testifying to its reputation as a Wild West town, there were no less than thirteen saloons and six beer halls. Its list of citizens included the notorious Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde fame, while other outlaw gangs frequented the area.
The railroad was instrumental in creating the town, which developed as an agricultural, commercial and eventually an industrial center. Cotton was shipped on the rails.
People moving here from the South and the East looked to the fertile soil, railroad and other opportunities. One of the first Eastern European immigrants settling here was Jacob Shebasta (1873), hailing from Czechoslovakia. Others followed in his footsteps and its Czech heritage grew.
National Polka Festival
Every year on Memorial Day Weekend (end May) the Czech residents of Ennis celebrate their rich cultural heritage. There is a parade, traditional music with 14 polka banks, street dancing, local crafts and traditions and of course their delicious cuisine. There is also a 5k run for fun on the Saturday for all the family to enjoy. There are free shuttle buses to the 3 Czech halls which hold a variety of entertainment over that 3 day weekend.
The Texas Motorplex
The motorplex was built in 1986 as a amateur and professional racetrack. It has an all concrete race surface and is one of the finest drag racing facilities in the nation. Many national records have been broken here. Races are held almost every weekend from February to November. Larger events are the Super Chevy Show held in April, the Annual NHRA/ Castrol (O'Reilly) Nationals in May, the Night of Fire in July, and the NHRA/ O'Reilly Nationals in October.
The other wildflower that is also seen on the trails is the Indian Paintbrush – also known as the Scarlet paintbrush. They vary in range of colour from orange, scarlet, cream and yellow and when mixed with the bluebonnets, the display is very pretty and colourful. They are a parasite type of flower which relies on the roots of other plants to help them grow and so can be hard to transplant.
Little Mustang Creek Park
The Park leads down to the banks of Lake Bardwell. Its a nice drive or walk if you're feeling like it. There is a nice high view of the lake from the park as well as viewing a pretty array of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush in the spring.