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Letter from the Mayor



As Mayor of Waxahachie, I want to welcome you to our beautiful and historic City. Waxahachie is one of the most historic communities in Texas, but at the same time has a distinct vision and plan for the future. Waxahachie is known as the Gingerbread City because of our many 19th century homes and buildings. In 1997, the Texas State Legislature designated Waxahachie as the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas. Each summer, thousands of visitors flock to Waxahachie to enjoy the charming historic streets lined with countless beautiful Crape Myrtle trees in full bloom. Our historic downtown area is home to the Ellis County Courthouse, which is one of the most photographed buildings in Texas. Built in 1895, and designed by architect James Riley Gordon, the courthouse was recently restored to its original historical significance. The scenic beauty of Waxahachie extends to its 18 recently improved city parks, the Waxahachie Creek Hike and Bike Trail, and two new splash pads. The City’s largest and oldest park, Getzendaner Park, was established in the late 19th century and contains one of the few remaining Chautauqua buildings in the United States. Arts and culture also add to the quality of life in Waxahachie. Our strong cultural heritage is displayed at the Ellis County Museum, located in the historic downtown district. ART on the Square is the new home of the Ellis County Art Association and it showcases the work of many local artists. Additionally, the Waxahachie Symphony Association has brought outstanding classical performances to the area for over 30 years. Each spring, the Crossroads of Texas Film and Music Festival celebrates Texas movies and music with a four-day festival. Education continues to be an important part of the Waxahachie community. Navarro College is an excellent two-year college offering associate degrees in several areas of study. Southwestern Assemblies of God University offers over 60 fouryear degrees and is home to several thousand students. Both Navarro and SAGU have recently experienced tremendous growth and as a result, have each expanded their facilities. Waxahachie Independent School District offers our children an outstanding variety of educational opportunities including academics, arts, music, athletics, agriculture and vocational training. The new Waxahachie High School is scheduled to open in Fall 2018 and will be a 480,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility for our students. These assets serve the City well. Moreover, Waxahachie has the location! We are ideally situated 25 miles south of Dallas and 35 miles southeast of Fort Worth. Interstate 35E and Highway 287 intersect within the city limits on the north side. The cities of Waxahachie and Midlothian are partners on the Mid-Way Regional Airport, conveniently located on Highway 287 between the two cities. The airport has grown to become one of the premier aviation centers of the D/FW Metroplex and is able to accommodate most corporate jets. We are proud of Waxahachie and would love to welcome you. Please visit us for a weekend, or better yet, make Waxahachie your new home.


We are proud of Waxahachie. Please visit us for a weekend, or better yet, make Waxahachie your new home.


Mayor Kevin Strength

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