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Wylie Texas Living

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People always comment on the friendliness of the people in this community. Wylie is a place where people know their neighbors, and are ready to help when needed. This community strives to make residents feel welcome. Events like “Boo on Ballard” and the annual “Pedal Car Race”, not to mention the Homecoming Parades and the Parade of Lights all bring families together in Historic Downtown Wylie. The state-of-the-art Municipal Complex features a recreation center, library, and city services; along with natural parks and trails. Many neighborhoods in Wylie include green-space for parks and playgrounds, and there is even a skateboard park. Bordered by Lake Lavon to the North and Lake Ray Hubbard to the South; the City between the Lakes is a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

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The City of Wylie was incorporated in 1887 along the rights-of-way of the railroads. It was named for Colonel W.D. Wylie, a Santa Fe Railroad official and Civil War veteran. By 1890, Wylie’s population had increased to 239 and a one-room school was built. Over the next decade, Wylie saw a 300% increase in population and construction of a two-story schoolhouse, a bank and gin mills. In the 1920’s, Wylie received electrical service and streetlights and Ballard Avenue was graveled through Downtown. In the 1930’s-1940’s Wylie was the self-proclaimed “Onion Capital of the World”. Due to the late night get-togethers of citizens in which businesses stayed open until midnight on some nights, “Wide Awake Wylie” became the City’s nickname in the late 1940’s and 1950’s.

In the late 1970’s, Wylie began to receive some of the DFW growth. The population grew significantly specifically in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The 90’s also saw two major catastrophes – a tornado hit Wylie on Mother’s Day in 1993, and in December 1998, two fires (one on the 9th and another on the 11th) destroyed and/or damaged a dozen or so businesses. The City and citizens turned this catastrophe into an opportunity to revitalize downtown.

1994 Downtown WylieIn the 21st Century, Wylie has become one of the fastest growing communities in Collin County, DFW Metroplex and the State of Texas. Today you will find many great neighborhoods, plenty of parks and outdoor recreation activities, a state-of-the-art Municipal Complex housing a library, recreation center, and city services. You will also find many shops and restaurants throughout town. Historic Downtown Wylie is hosts many annual events, and residents enjoy the convenient access to Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard. The community spirit you find here is what keeps people in Wylie, Texas.