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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ennis, Texas

Clickable Map of Ellis County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Ellis County, TX (102) Dallas County, TX (381) Henderson County, TX (37) Hill County, TX (71) Johnson County, TX (56) Kaufman County, TX (93) Navarro County, TX (105) Tarrant County, TX (314)  EllisCounty(102) Ellis County (102)  DallasCounty(381) Dallas County (381)  HendersonCounty(37) Henderson County (37)  HillCounty(71) Hill County (71)  JohnsonCounty(56) Johnson County (56)  KaufmanCounty(93) Kaufman County (93)  NavarroCounty(105) Navarro County (105)  TarrantCounty(314) Tarrant County (314)
Waxahachie is the county seat for Ellis County
Ennis is in Ellis County
      Ellis County (102)  
      Dallas County (381)  
      Henderson County (37)  
      Hill County (71)  
      Johnson County (56)  
      Kaufman County (93)  
      Navarro County (105)  
      Tarrant County (314)  
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1 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 7086 — Burnam Square and Cemetery(6.5 mi. SW)
William R. and Edeline House bought the land on which Burnam Square and Cemetery were located in 1856 for the price of a slave named John. In 1861, after her husband died, Edeline House had the 25-block town laid out and donated one acre for a . . . Map (db m164887) HM
2 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 7097 — Ennis City Hall
Designed by prominent local architect Hix McCanless, this Classical Revival structure was built in 1915 to house city offices and the Ennis police and fire departments. A native of Tennessee, McCanless (1868-1938) was the leading designer and . . . Map (db m164886) HM
3 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 7098 — Ennis National Bank Building
This structure was built in 1883 to house the Ennis National Bank, which was established the same year, with businessman Joseph Baldridge as its first president. Until 1917, when a new facility was built, the bank occupied the first floor, while . . . Map (db m164759) HM
4 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 7141 — Frederick Harrison Rankin
Born in Kentucky, February 15, 1795 • Came to Texas in 1822 with Austin's first colony • Died July 2, 1874 His wife Elizabeth Smith Rankin Born January 30, 1802 Died June 1, 1882Map (db m164753) HM
5 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — Ivan D. GoodwinJanuary 31, 1929 - February 15, 2007 — "Dedicated to the Memory of" —
Mr. Ivan Goodwin was born and raised in Ennis, TX. He went on to enlist and serve honorably in the United States Army Air Corps from 1946-1949, before graduating from North Texas State College in 1952. He then returned to serve his community . . . Map (db m164834) HM
6 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 11862 — Jack Lummus(October 22, 1915 - March 8, 1945)
Born on an Ellis County farm, Jack Lummus attended school at Alma and Ennis, and Baylor University on an athletics scholarship. He played minor league baseball in Texas and football for the New York Giants. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1942 and . . . Map (db m164756) HM
7 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 7090 — Katie Daffan(July 29, 1874 - May 22, 1951)
Born in Brenham, Katie Litty Daffan was a well-known author, educator, journalist, and club-woman. She began her career as a teacher and was an officer of the Texas State Historical Assoc. She wrote several books, including a Texas history . . . Map (db m164865) HM
8 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — LaJuan Schlegel
LaJuan Schlegel, a self-taught local artist, credits the greatest artist of all, The Heavenly Father, for her talent. Her paintings bring life to the splendor and majesty of nature and are deliberately created to evoke a sense of connection . . . Map (db m164841) HM
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9 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — Minnie McDowal
Minnie McDowal grew up in Ennis, where she graduated from High School and married her sweetheart Robert T. McDowal. They had two beloved children, Elizabeth Ann and Robert T., III. In the late 1940's, Minnie began working at the Plaza Theatre . . . Map (db m164839) HM
10 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 12717 — Moore House
Built in 1905 for Malinda (Anderson) and Hardin T. Moore, this Neoclassical Revival house is a significant part of Ennis' architectural history. The Moores married in 1892, after both Malinda and Hardin had been widowed in previous marriages. They . . . Map (db m164757) HM
11 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 7132 — Myrtle Cemetery
W.H. Parsons deeded the original ten acres at this site in 1875 for use as a cemetery. The burial ground was named "Myrtle" for a child whose single grave was included in the tract of land. Also buried here is Frederick H. Ranklin (1795-1874), a . . . Map (db m164754) HM
12 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 7116 — Old Lake Dam
Constructed in 1891, this dam created a body of water known variously as the City Reservoir, Ennis Railroad Lake, and Old City Lake. It was built in answer to a proposal by the Houston and Texas Central Railroad to move its divisional headquarters . . . Map (db m164751) HM
13 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — Pierce Park
In memory of employees of The Dallas Division who gave their lives for their country in World War II Named in honor of Sgt. W.T. Pierce Jr. First to die in combat Side panel 1 R.F. Rickard Glynn Massey Fred Reyther Guy Youngblood . . . Map (db m164843) WM
14 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 11864 — Railroads in Ennis
The Houston and Texas Central Railroad built tracks through Corsicana en route to Dallas in 1871. In 1872 the town of Ennis was platted along this line on 647 acres selected by Captain W.G. Veale. The town was named for railroad official Colonel . . . Map (db m164863) HM
15 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 7151 — The Southern Pacific Railroad in Ennis
In 1887 the City of Ennis was established at this site, the northern terminus of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad (later part of the Southern Pacific Railroad). The city is named after early railroad official Cornelius Ennis. Expansion by . . . Map (db m164866) HM
16 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 11863 — Thomas C. Neel(1825-1863)
Georgia native Thomas C. Neel married Willia E. Latimer in 1848. The couple moved their family to Texas in 1854 and to Ellis County in 1855. They established a cotton and wheat plantation near what would become Ennis. Neel called his wife "Will" and . . . Map (db m152969) HM
17 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 7096 — Town of Ennis
Founded 1872 as market town on Houston & Texas Central Railway; Named for an H. & T.C. official, Cornelius Ennis (1813-1899). Cumberland Presbyterian built first church, 1872; First school session opened 1873. Chezchslovaks settled here 1874, . . . Map (db m164758) HM
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18 Texas, Ellis County, Ennis — 13533 — Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Named for African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Alexander W. Wayman, this congregation was organized in 1880 by area residents, many of whom moved here from the community of Telico. Dr. C.A. Harris, a physician, served as pastor in the early . . . Map (db m164755) HM
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Sep. 24, 2023