After parking the car near the visitor's center, we came to a small site marked 'Pierce Park'where a memorial stood for the Southern Pacific Railroad Employees. Etched into the side of this gray stone was a tribute to all those who had perished in WW2. The park was named for the town's first casualty, Sargeant William T. "Dooney" Pierce (pic #2).I...more
As we wandered through the streets of Ennis, we heard the sound of music drifting from beneath a large white tent. People were gathered within its welcoming shade to hear the Ennis Czech Boys, who were entertaining the crowd with rousing Polka music. It was difficult to keep to one's seat as the music called one and all! A few brave couples leapt...more
The National Polka Festival is well-established in Ennis. This Memorial Day weekend was its 42nd year and a gathering of all ages--especially families, to be sure!Moms flitted about the floor with their children, husbands whirled around the floor with their wives and a hall full of spectators appreciated the lively music. A simple one...two,three...more
As we entered Ennis, we stopped by the town's visitor center situated along the railroad tracks next to the Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum. Not only were we welcomed by a very nice lady in traditional costume (see Customs tip) who was there to answer any questions, but a rack stuffed with helpful brochures and tidy restrooms were handily...more
Ennis' roots began with the establishment of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad after it bought 647 acres of land in Ellis County (1871) for its northern terminus. The town was named for an early railroad official, Cornelius Ennis. By the 1930's, Ennis had become known as the place "where railroads and cotton fields meet".The Ennis Railroad and...more
In the center of town, craft booths, food stalls, amusement/game area and entertainment tent sprawled for a couple blocks. It was hot by this time, so most of us seemed to be moving at a sluggish pace. I didn't see anything too unique here, but one particular booth offered interesting looking bird feeders in a multitude of colors.The Pony Carousel...more
110 S Sonoma Trail, Ennis, Texas, 75119, United States
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107 Wagon Wheel Dr
Good for: Couples
107 Chamber Of Commerce Dr, Ennis, TX 75119
Good for: Couples
While in the historic district we inquired as to the best place to eat dinner later in the day. Don Joses Mexican Restaurant was highly recommended by one of the shop keepers at La Galleria. We shuffled up the sidewalk about another block and found Don Joses. The restaurant is fronted by a very inviting bricked patio area, where dining tables are...more
BBQ's are a popular stop in Texas! Bubba's BBQ, in particular, was mentioned in a recent article in the Texas Monthly Magazine (June '08), listing the top BBQ's in the state (pics 2 & 3).While traveling between polka halls, we spied the restaurant's lofty sign along the highway. Jim veered into the lot and we exited our vehicle in anticipation of a...more
One of the disappointments of our trip to Ennis was missing the opportunity to have lunch at La Galleria, a lovely little restaurant in the historic district. A special event was being catered, so they were closing as we arrived.However, I was still able to snap a picture of this pleasant French Bistro and Bakery housed in a 101 year old renovated...more
The Southern Style Bar and Grill is located in the historic National Bank Building. They serve Cajun food and it seems plenty of crawfish. Beer is free Friday and Saturdays. The Southern Style Bar and Grill is located in the historic National Bank Building. They serve Cajun food and it seems plenty of crawfish. Beer is free Friday and Saturdays.more
The National Polka Festival scheduled at least 15 different Polka Bands over the course of a weekend. We were only there for one day, but I imagine the entire town joined in on the festivities!Three different halls were involved that featured folk dancing and live music. Saturday evening we were privileged to hear Polka Freak Out, a band from...more
The routine there is every Sunday $1 well drinks and $1 margaritas. Monday is Texas Singer Songwriters night. Wednesday - Karaoke, Thursday - A Live Band or Karaoke and Friday & Saturday - Live Band. There is no cover charge if you get there before 7.00p.m. They also feature all televised sporting events.Mon - Fri 3:00pm - Midnight, Sat 11.30am -...more
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If travelling from Dallas, take I-45 south and exit on 253 or 251B. Ennis is about 30 miles (30 mins) from Dallas and about 46 miles from Ft Worth.
From Houston and Corsicana, travel north on I-45 and exit on 249 or 251B. Approximately 180 miles from Houston.
I love wandering through antique shops to discover a vintage tea towel or old ivory colored celluloid vanity piece, perhaps to add another colorful dish to my fiestaware collection or find an antique hat pin or silver berry spoon. Thank goodness my husband enjoys this pastime, also!Ennis has it's share of these wonderful old shops (pics 1 & 2)....more
A lovely lady in Czech traditional costume greeted us at the Ennis visitor's center. She was very helpful in suggesting routes to the various entertainment halls (pic #2).As we spoke with her, I noticed a basket filled with vibrantly decorated eggs, sitting to one side of her desk. The price stated: $3 each! I began sorting through the rainbow of...more
Meet the Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen! (on the left). Although she is very pretty, this title is not only a beauty contest, but is based on poise, charm, good manners, talent and dignity. In fact, the organizational website states that it is an "ethnic" pageant.We discovered 'Miss Texas' at Knights of Columbus Hall, one of the polka venues. These...more
The Bluebonnet trails are held annually – usually the third weekend of April except when Easter falls that weekend. Three main trails are set and maps are supplied from the visitor’s centre. Because of their profuseness in this area, In 1997, Ennis was named the Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas. There are 40 miles of areas where the bluebonnets...more
There are no real dangers that I know of in Ennis – it’s a fairly quiet ‘small town’ city and has that comfortable feel about it. However watch your speed on the freeways… local and county police will pull you over.
Be careful also during the Bluebonnet Trails... people are pulling over on the spur of the moment and the roads are fairly narrow.
This is a 3,570-acre impoundment on the Waxhachie Creek which is one of the largest attractions in Ellis county and offers much of the areas opportunity for water sport activities. There are boat launching ramps as well as camping and picnic areas surrounding the lake. At Highview Marina you can rent paddle boats.%Location : 4 miles SW of Ennis on...more
The bluebonnets are also known as the wolf flower, buffalo clover, and 'el coneja' (the rabbit) and was originally named for its striking similarity to the sunbonnets of pioneer women. There is a Comanche legend which has its own origins of the bluebonnets and describes the tribe's struggle against starvation, cold, and disease. It says that the...more
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.
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...more
As we walked along some of Ennis' red brick streets we noticed the classic style architecture of the Ennis National Bank, established in 1883. It sits in the center of the of town's historic district.Ennis is similar to many towns in that it's historic district was almost lost to progress and a yard fire which grew out of control in the 1940's.By...more