Midlothian – The Beginning

A small settlement called Lebanon was begun in the 1850s on William Hawkins’s land. Nowadays that would be located on the west side of South 14th Street on the hill just south of the Midlothian Cemetery.

The community was later called Barker because the mail was delivered to Rev. Charles Barker’s home every Friday. He was postmaster 1878-1880. His home was on now-George Hopper Road, just east of 14th Street.

On 3 June 1881, the Waxahachie Enterprise referred to this community as Midlothian. Then R. M. Wyatt was surveying and securing right-of-way for the Chicago, Texas and Mexican Central Railroad to build a track near the Barker community. The Enterprise reported in Aug, 1881 that work was progressing rapidly and reported on 19 May 1882 that a petition had been signed and sent to “Washington City” to “change the name of our post from Barker” to Midlothian. Also that summer, the Chicago, Texas and Mexican Railroad was sold to the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe; and trains were running regularly through the Midlothian area.

The GC & SF offered half fare from all stations to Midlothian on Thursday, 10 May 1883 for a “public sale of town lots in the town of Midlothian.” Thus is discounted the common story about a conductor from Scotland who named Midlothian on the first day of sales because it reminded him of his home in Scotland.

The Houston and Texas Central Railroad crossed the GC & SF in Midlothian in 1886. In April 1888, the community was incorporated with the first Mayor being William Andrew Brundage. City councilmen were R. V. White, T. M. Holland, J. G. Vinson, J. D. Calhoun and W. F. Beck. Andy Jenkins was the first fire marshal, and John W. Hawkins was the first postmaster.

Midlothian Area Historical Society
Midlothian Area Historical Society
Midlothian Area Historical Society

1916 Midlothian Councilmen
City council members were (L - R) Pitts P. Love, Rufus H. Morton, W. W. Major, Tom Dees (Mayor), William E. Sewell, and Oscar True.