Wylie Travel Guide

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Wylie Things to Do

  • Onion Capital

    Another Mural is further down Ballard Street and again shows the significance of the railroad to Wylie's economy. By the 1930's and 40's Wylie had a reputation as the 'onion capital of the world' because of its reputation for the growing and marketing of sweet onions which were in great demand during those years.

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  • Gazebo

    There are five city parks scattered around Wylie with lots of recreational fields. Community park has picnic tables and bbq's. Olde City Park has a gazebo and wooden benches as well as a small play area.

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  • The Brown House

    Not literally a brown house, its actually more of a mauve colour but the original owners were William and Mattie Brown. The house was built in 1905. Thomas and his partner originally purchased over 31 acres when they arrived in Wylie. The house has 6 rooms downstairs and one large room upstairs. If you are into Queen Ann style architecture, then...

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  • St. Anthony Catholic Church

    Saint Anthony Catholic Church was established in 1890 and the first church was built in 1890. Unfortunate fire destroyed the original building in 1900. The church then rebuilt into the present wooden church.

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  • Wylie News

    The Wylie News is the City of Wylie’s official newspaper and was established in 1948 although it is only since 1997 that it has resided in this building. It is believed that the building was constructed in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s and was a dry goods store. Prior to the newspaper moving in, there was a dance studio set up here.

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  • Murals

    One of the murals in the town is located on a wall alongside the Olde City Park. There is some great detail which depicts the early days of Wylie as a cotton and railroad town.

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  • Olde City Park

    This is a small park as you head into the downtown main street area off Hwy 78. On Thursday evenings during June and July, there are outdoor concerts "Live" in Olde City Park . The concerts begin at 7.30pm.

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  • Disaster for Wylie

    Further disaster happened for Wylie in 1998. In December that year, two separate fires, one on 9th Street and the other on 11th, destroyed or damaged many businesses. Since then the downtown area has been in the process of recovering and restoring.

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  • Downtown Wylie

    There is not a lot to the downtown area of old Wylie but there are some lovely old buildings and some shops worth paying a visit to. On Mothers Day in 1993 a tornado hit Wylie destroying dozens of homes and businesses. Fortunately there was only one fatality.

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Wylie Restaurants

  • The Usual Chain Food Places

    There are all the usual fast food chain places. A several Mexican restaurants, one on Ballard Street, a couple of Italian on Hwy 78. There is also the Ballard Street Cafe and Grill and Jims Pizza in the downtown area.

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  • Peeties Ice cream

    This is one of those great old fashioned downtown type of ice cream palour you see in all the Happy Days type movies. Worth taking a look inside even if you are not tempted.

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  • Tasty Wok

    This is one of three Chinese restaurants in Wylie that I saw. They have online ordering and are right in the main street of Wylie. Seemed to be quite popular.

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Wylie Nightlife

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    by keeweechic Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    The nightlife of Wylie? well maybe some of it although I didn't see a lot else. Originally the Wylie Opry was in the warehouse district next to the railroad tracks but when trains went by, there was competition over who was the loudest with the artists and entertainers usually loosing out to the trains. The Opry then relocated to the main street in old downtown Wylie where it is today.

    Fri Night: 7:30 (Gospel Music)
    Sat Night: 8:00 (Country Music)

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Wylie Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written Jan 20, 2004

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    Wylie is around 31 miles north west of downtown Dallas.

    Take US-75 then the George Bush Turnpike and merge on TX190 East. Take TX190 East to TX-78 North.

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Wylie Shopping

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  • Shoemaker & Hardt Coffee and Antiques

    This is a really cool store, lots of timber, high ceilings and ambiance. They have a great selection of gifts, antiques and also serve Desserts / Ice Cream, specialty coffee's and sweets in their coffee shop area in the centre of the store.Mon - Fri 6:30am - 9pm, Sat 7am - 9pm, Sun 1pm-9pm

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  • Davis and Company

    The store offers a variety of kitchen items including linens. They also have tapestries, garden items, candles and a bath spa line. There are also some burning lamps.Tues - Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sat 10:00 - 3:00pm

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Wylie Local Customs

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    by keeweechic Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Country Fair is held in the Historic Downtown Wylie area at Olde City Park and Bart Peddicord Community Center on the 2nd Saturday in September.

    The event is an all-day festival offers a little everything for everybody.

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Wylie Warnings and Dangers

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    by Gypsy_King Written Oct 4, 2002

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    SNAKES! There is only one North American poisonous water snake - the Cottonmouth Water Moccasin! Not to be confused at all with its many nonpoisonous neighbors, this snake is a pit viper in the same general family as the Copperhead and the Rattler. This dangerous semi-aquatic snake is truly an aggressive reptile that will stand its ground or even approach an intruder.

    Water moccasins are most often seen in watery places, in the swampy backwaters of rivers and streams, and on marshy lake shores. Knowing this makes it easier for people to avoid the water moccasin. The bite of the water moccasin is highly dangerous and may be fatal. This snake is also called a cottonmouth because when threatened it throws back its head and flashes its white-lined mouth as a warning signal.
    A resident of many Texas lakes!

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Wylie Off The Beaten Path

  • Popular for Jet Skiing

    On the east shore of the lake, Lavonia Park is closest to the dam wall. In summer it can get pretty crowded with boats and jet ski’s and is best for north winds.

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  • The Dam

    The dam is located on the East Fork of the Trinity River. The Lake was constructed for the purpose of flood control and water supply. Unfortunately the road over the dam is closed so you only get to see the backside of it from the Wylie end.

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  • Lake Lavon

    The lake is approximately 21,400 acres in size the deepest part of the lake is about 38 feet deep. The Lake was constructed for the purpose of flood control and water supply and the gates are closed to prevent flooding down stream of the lake when rain occurs. After stream and river flows decrease, water is slowly released from the lakes, thus...

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Wylie Favorites

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    by Gypsy_King Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Fondest memory: A sailboat crew making their final preparations prior to going out on Lake Lavon. Texas has many lakes and this is just one of them. All but one of the lakes in Texas is man made. Although I enjoy visiting these lakes, they are not as nice as the natural lakes in upstate New York. Sorry Texas!

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