September 26th, 2009 – by: oldschoolbill
Italy a town in Ellis County, Texas Old School found after turning right on Hwy-34 off I-10 on a Sunday trying to avoid the traffic of Dallas , Texas. As of the 2000 census, the town has a total population of 1,993.
Natives will tell you the proper pronunciation of the town is "It-Lee", with two syllables instead of the three used in pronouncing "Italy" the country. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2), all of it land. Notable residents and natives Scorpio Babers, cornerback for the Miami Dolphins Keith Davis, Safety for the Dallas Cowboys and graduate of Sam Houston State University
âItaly bears no cultural ties to the "Old Country" and if there are citizens of Italian heritage - it's merely coincidental.
The name was contributed by Old School Gabe the postmaster of 1880 who imagined the climate of Texas comparable to that of Italy yea right!â
A brief History
1860: Scattered settlement begins
1879: the brothers Aycock built the first house and use it as a combination of house, store and post office. The town was split over what the name should be - some wanting Egypt and others Italy. Gabriel J. Penn, the Waxahachie postmaster settled the matter for them by filling in the blank on the application with the name Italy. The postal authorities gladly accepted Italy (there was already an Egypt in Wharton County).
1890: The population reaches 500
1891: A big year for Italy. The Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad arrived (actually in December 1890), the first newspaper was published, and the town was officially incorporated.
Italy Texas Main Street
1900: population is 1,061
1901: The International-Great Northern Railroad reaches Italy
1913: The Electric Interurban between Waco and Dallas comes through Italy (Electricity for the city was provided by Waco)
1920s: Italy had five gins, a compress, and a cottonseed oil mill.
1925: The population reaches 1,500 and the Italy Independent School District was established.
1930: Italy starts the Great Depression with a population of 1,230 people and 45 businesses.
1960: Italy's population remains nearly the same with only 1,183 people and half the businesses.
Do not blink or you will miss your chance to see Italy.