Wylie is a city in Collin, Dallas, and Rockwall counties in the U.S. state of Texas, and a suburb of Dallas. As of the 2010 census the population was 41,427 having grown 173.8% since the 2000 census, when the population was 15,132. Once solely located in Collin County, Wylie now extends into neighboring Dallas and Rockwall counties. Both Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard are within easy reach of the city.
The City of Wylie, TX was incorporated in 1887 along the right-of-way of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. It was named for Colonel W.D. Wylie, a Santa Fe Railroad official and Civil War veteran.
In 1890, Wylie had a population of 239, and the first one-room school house was built. In the next decade, the population tripled.
That same year Wylie, Texas had given itself its name, established 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 increase continued.
Onions were the town's cash crop in the 1930s and '40s. “Wide Awake Wylie” became the city’s nickname in the late 1940s and '50s, a result of late night get-togethers of its citizens and businesses that stayed open until midnight on some evenings.
The construction of Lake Lavon 5 miles (8 km) north of town, designed to provide water for towns in four counties, and the selection of Wylie to house the offices of the North Texas Municipal Water District pushed the population to 1,804 in 1960.
In the 1990s, Wylie saw two disasters. On May 9, 1993 (Mother's Day), a tornado ravaged downtown Wylie. In December 1998, two fires destroyed and damaged several businesses. After that, the downtown area was renovated, while preserving the many century-old buildings that remained standing.
In the 21st century Wylie has been a city of fast growth, as many new retail and other businesses opened and subdivisions were built in the area. It has been ranked the 8th fastest growing city in the nation
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