Waxahachie was founded in 1850 and got its name after Waxahachie Creek, the area where the city was established. The city’s economic development relied on agriculture and the cattle industry. Due to powerful economic growth in the late 1800s, the city’s downtown greatly expanded. Beautiful Victorian buildings constructed during that period are still notable landmarks of Waxahachie. Also, that was the time when the Richardsonian Romanesque Courthouse, the most recognizable and impressive building in the city, was built. Beyond its unique architecture, the city is also known for its crape myrtle trees and was even designated as the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas.