McDade is a census-designated place in Bastrop County in Texas. The area was named after James W. McDade, who was a paramount stakeholder in Houston and Texas Railroad. The railroad was constructed in 1869. Formerly, McDade was known as Tie Town or Tie City. The naming of this place, Tie City, was due to its status as a center of freight services. The site was also known as Tie Town due to the log cuts and ties stacked in this area. The recording star, Gale Storm, grew up in McDade with the mother, who operated a millinery shop.