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Name derives from Indian word meaning "cow creek." Now seat of Ellis County,
town was once squarely on the Chisholm Trail. Town is noted for abundance
of Victorian-style homes, elaborate with "gingerbread" trim. Several movies
have been made in the city featuring its old buildings and homes. For a
map of historic homes and buildings and where movies have been shot, visit
the chamber of commerce, Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 102 YMCA Drive
or call 214-937-2390.
ELLIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
ELLIS COUNTY MUSEUM
NICHOLAS P. SIMS LIBRARY
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CHAUTAUQUA AUDITORIUM - Built in 1904,
a rare survivor of the Chautauqua circuit that brought live talent for
religious and cultural events to rural towns around the turn of the century.
With advent of radio, Chautauqua waned and ended in 2930s. Today site of
city events, restored structure is on the National Register of Historic
Places. situated in 55 acre Getzendaner Park on south Grand Ave off West
ELLIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Elaborate structure
of red sandstone and granite, built in 1895 for then-lavish cost of $150,000.
Italian artisans were imported for exterior stone carving. (Recurring face
said to be Mabel Frame, railroad telegraph operator with whom one sculptor
became enamored.) Clock uses windup mechanism weighing 250 pounds; bell-striker
weight exceeds 800 pounds.
ELLIS COUNTY MUSEUM - Historical artifacts,
photos, household furnishings and toys depict history of this Central Texas
region. In restored 19th Century building on courthouse square. Open Tues.
- Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. 1 to 5 p.m. closed Monday.
NICHOLAS P. SIMS LIBRARY - Original structure
built 1904, is classic example of Roman doric architecture. Gold leaf and
Carrara marble used in interior; exterior features enameled brick, copper
comices and cared replica of the Greek torch of knowledge. Contains over
33,000 volumes. 515 West Main.
SCARBOROUGH FAIRE - Springtime Renaissance
fair features arts, crafts, foods, and medieval entertainment - wizards,
jugglers, jesters, and puppet shows. Costumes of royalty and rascals, poets
and peasants. In rural setting eight weekends mid-April through early June
on F.M. 66, 1.6 miles west of I-35 East. Admission is charged.
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