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The neighborhoods we serve in this area are Wylie, Murphy, Sachse and all subdivisions including Woodbridge, Sage Creek, Seis Lagos, Birmingham Farms, Bozeman Farms, Creekside Estates, Braddock Place, Dominion of Pleasant Valley, Kingsbridge, Wooded Creek Estates, McCreary Estates and others. ZIP CODES: 75098, 75094, 75048
History of Wylie
Wylie is situated on State Highway 78 sixteen miles south of McKinney in south-central Collin County. It was organized in the early 1870s and originally called Nickelville, reportedly after the name of the first store. In 1886 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway laid tracks a half-mile north of the original townsite. Within a year the businesses of Nickelville had moved to take advantage of the railroad and had named their new location Wylie, in honor of W. D. Wylie, a right-of-way agent for the railroad. That same year Wylie received a post office branch and incorporated, choosing an alderman form of government.
Two years later the St. Louis Southwestern Railway reached the town. The two railroads and the rich agricultural region of the Blackland Prairies contributed to the town’s growth. Wylie had a population of 400 in 1890 and 773 in 1900. Before 1920 the community had over thirty-five businesses, including two banks, a school, and a weekly newspaper. Unlike many rural Texas communities, Wylie grew during the Great Depression years, reaching 914 residents by 1940. In part this was a result of increased dairy farming to meet the demands of nearby Dallas.
Following World War II the population continued to increase. The construction of Lake Lavon five miles north of town and the selection of Wylie to house the offices of the North Texas Municipal Water District, designed to provide water for towns in four counties, pushed the population to 1,804 in 1960. In the next twenty years the population more than doubled as a result of the growth of the Dallas urban area. In 1980 there were 3,152 residents and ninety businesses in Wylie. In 1990 the population was 8,716, and Wylie had spread into Rockwall and Dallas counties. By 2000 the population reached 15,132 and still growing today!
Living in Wylie
Wylie was voted Wylie the #1 Top Best Small American City for Families to live in 2016 by Forbes Magazine. Children enjoy quality education in Wylie as well — reviewers at GreatSchools.org gave schools in the city an average 9 out of 10 rating. And Wylie’s No. 1 position this year is reflective of the general trend of suburbs topping the list.
“The majority of highly ranked small cities are suburbs of large cities,” NerdWallet’s Head of Mortgages Chris Ling told Forbes. “When homes become very pricey in the major metropolitan areas, folks start to consider the nearby suburbs that are still close to work but where the cost of living is lower. Homebuyers get more bang for the buck.”
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Things to Do in Wylie
Lake Lavon is owned by the federal government and operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. It is approximately 21,400 acres, and the Corps estimates that approximately 1.6 million people visit Lake Lavon each year to enjoy camping, fishing, swimming, boating and other recreational activities.
Ballard Street is Wylie’s historical downtown street with many businesses and events every year. Some of the community events throughout the year include:
- Arts Festival, Parade & Tree Lighting
- Bluegrass on Ballard
- Boo on Ballard
- KCS Holiday Express
- Pedal Car Race
- Taste of Wylie
Education in Wylie
The Wylie High School mascot is a Wylie Pirate and the Wylie East High School Mascot is a Raider. For years the Pirate theme has been woven through town with the support of residents and businesses. The schools which feed to Wylie High School and Wylie East High School are named after other types of Pirates: Buccaneers, Marauders, Wylie has a small-town feel and the whole town embraces the High School sports.
Fall Friday nights many will be found tailgating in the Pirate Stadium eagerly awaiting a Wylie Pirate Football Game. The weekly local newspaper sports section reports on the results of school sports each week. The battle cry for the Pirates is AHMO! The history of this battle cry can be found on this hilarious YouTube Video: Tom Dreesen’s meaning of AHMO
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