Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program



The city of Ferris joined the brick-making industry shortly before the turn of the 19th century courtesy of the Ferris Brick Company and other manufacturers who utilized the local mineral clay to produce bricks for construction. Ferris commemorates their brick heritage each year with the Ferris Brick Festival, a celebration of all things brick and featuring an art contest, a dog show, and a competition baby crawl. Ferris, established in 1874 in service to the Houston and Texas Central Railway, hosted six brick plants by 1914 and four of them were still in operation by mid-twentieth century.

Ferris earned a Texas Main Street City designation in 1997, receiving guidance from the Texas Historical Commission for preserving and restoring period downtown architecture.   In fact, the Ennis Commercial Historic District has received a National Register listing due to the significant number of surviving examples of architectural styles and designs spanning a one hundred year period of construction. Bungalows, simple frame homes, corrugated-clad commercial warehouses, a cotton compress and warehouse building, and a masonry railroad machine shop are just a few of the over forty buildings in the Commercial Historic District.