The railroad came to Ennis Texas in 1871, and for many years, it was mainly a railroad town. The community was even founded and named for a railroad official, Col. Cornelius Ennis.
In 1872, as encouragement for people to settle in that part of Texas, free town lots were offered to any Christian congregation that would build a church. In 1874, soon after the city had been established the population was about 300, but by 1890 there were 3000 citizens with two banks, a cotton press, three cottonseed depositories, a cotton gin, a fruit canning business, a Brickyard, an opera house and two newspapers. I have not read any mention of a Beer Garden, or saloon, but I am sure they were there. The many different trains that passed through the town employed several hundred people.
By the 1990s, it had become a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area with a population of approximately 14,000. It is located at the intersection of interstate Highway 45, state highways 34, 75, and 287.
The first settlers in Ennis were largely Czechoslovakian families who had immigrated to Texas. Today the town's Czech heritage can be experienced every May when the city hosts the Ennis Polka Festival. It is also obvious by looking at the names of the businesses and the last name of many of the residents.
And this is a huanted Texas town. Take our word for it and investigate for yourself!