Mexia is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and State highways 14 and 171, twelve miles northeast of Groesbeck in northeastern Limestone County. It was named for the Mexía family, who in 1833 received an eleven-league land grant that included what is now the town site. The town was laid out in 1870 by a trustee of the Houston and Texas Central Townsite Company, which offered lots for sale in 1871, as the Houston and Texas Central Railway was completed between Hearne and Groesbeck.
Mexia is currently preparing to honor their 150 year anniversary by hosting a Sesquicentennial Celebration in the spring of 2021. Commemorative coins are currently available for purchase, and all money raised from coin sales will be used to fund the event.
Mexia has your destination needs, centrally located with the comforts of a small town. Whether you’re shopping in boutiques throughout Mexia Downtown during its renaissance phase, driving down the main strip of Milam looking for a local restaurant to enjoy a tasty meal at before visiting the multitude of retail shops along the way, searching for treasures in our local antique shops, or taking selfies in front of the various landmarks and vibrant murals Mexia has to offer…we have it all! After your day at Lake Mexia, quality time with your family at the Confederate Reunion Grounds, cheering at the annual Mexia Rodeo, or learning more about the history of Fort Parker, we encourage you to stop by, swing in, and stay in Mexia.
Mexia was one of Texas’s major oil boom towns. Local museums contain records of the activity, including the fact that Mexia’s population grew to more than 50,000 during the period of peak exploration and production.
Country Music Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Cindy Walker was a Mexia native. Gene Autry, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, and Willie Nelson are just a few notable singers that have accompanied songs penned by Walker. Her most famous song, “You Don’t Know Me,” has been recorded by over 50 different artists including Michael Bublé, Elvis Presley, Bette Midler, and Kenny Rogers. Local residents still share stories of their interactions with Walker before she passed away in 2006. Walker’s burial site at the Mexia City Cemetery is a popular destination for fans and can be easily spotted due to the stone guitar accompanying her headstone.
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