One of Texas' major cities, located in rich agricultural region
of the Brazos River Valley. Modern industry thrives, but the city
retains the flavor of its past when five "Cs" were its
support: cattle, cotton, corn, collegians, and culture. Large,
cold springs on the Brazos River were long popular with the Waco
Indians. First white men to see the area were remnants of De Soto's
band in 1542. Texas Ranger fort was established near Indian village
in 1837, first white settlers came abut 12 years later. Great
plantations along the Brazos prospered briefly, but the Civil
War wrecked plantation economy and scattered the population. Renewed
Western movement and Chisholm Trail through Waco brought another
boom, and frontier wildness that nicknamed the town, "Six
Today Waco is know for its educational, cultural, and recreational
facilities. Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo, first week in Oct.,
is professional rodeo with entertainers, livestock and horse shows,
and fine arts exhibits. Institutions of higher learning are Baylor
University, McLennan Community College, and The Texas State Technical
CAMERON PARK ZOO
DR. PEPPER MUSEUM
EARLE-HARRISON & GARDENS
HELEN MARIE TAYLOR MUSUEUM
OLD SUSPENSION BRIDGE
TEXAS RANGER HALL of FAME & MUSEUM at FORT FISHER
TEXAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
- ARMSTRONG-BROWNING LIBRARY
- On the campus of Baylor University the world's largest collection
of works and memoirs of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Fifty four stained glass windows, each depicting a Browning poem,
in 18th Century Italian Renaissance style building. Contains numerous
Renaissance paintings and bronze sculptures. Open from Mon to
Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- CAMERON PARK ZOO - A 51 acre natural
habitat zoo near the Brazos river amid pecan, elm, live oak, burr
oak, cottonwood, bamboo, and mesquite trees. Recreational, as
well as educational; check out the signboards at viewing points
for animal trivia questions. Home for monkeys, Sunatran tigers,
white rhinos, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, s well as other species.
Two restaurants; Gibbon Island and African Treetops Village. Open
daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at 1600 N. 4th Street. Take
the 4th,& 5th St. exit from I-35. Admission is charged.
- DR. PEPPER MUSEUM - A fountain
drink mixed in The Old Corner Drug Store in the 1880's was dubbed
Dr. Pepper. R.S. Lazenby, Waco beverage chemist and patron of
the drug store, became interested n the new drink and began extensive
research. In 1885, after some two years of testing, blending and
processing, the new flavor was originated and put on sale commercially.
So perfect was Lazenby's work that the formula has remained basically
unchanged. Museum housed in original 1906 bottling plant, now
listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. It
features restored operating soda fountain along with other Dr.
Pepper memorabilia with inter active audio displays. Open Mon
- Sat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 300 S. 5th street. For
information call 817-757-1024. Admission is charged.
- EARLE-HARRISON & GARDENS -
One of the state's fines ante-bellum Greek Revival houses, built
in 1858-59 by Dr. and Mrs. Baylis Wood Earle. Mrs. Earle sold
the mansion in 1872 to her brother, Gen. Thomas Harrison, one
of Waco's six Confederate generals during the War Between the
States. The house is constructed of cypress from East Texas and
plantation made brick.. Detached kitchen is the repository of
the Gov. Pat M. Neff kitchen collection. Open from Mon - Fri 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat & Sun 1 - 5 p.m. Located at 1901 North
5th Street. Admission is charged.
- HELEN MARIE TAYLOR MUSUEUM
- The Life & History of Waco..Exhibits on founders and noteworty
Waco Citizens. "We The People" exhibit depicts the history
of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Open Tues through
Sat from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Located at 701 Jefferson Avenue. Admission
- HISTORIC HOMES - Four gracious Southern
mansions: Fort House ( 503 S. 4th ST), East Terrace Palacio (100
Mill St ), McCullough House (407 Columbus St.) Earle-Napier-Kinnard
House (814 S. 4th St.) Open Sat - Sun from 2 - 5 p.m. (additional
summer hours). Special tours during annual Brazos River Festival
(third week in April) and the Christmas-on-the-Brazos Celebration(first
weekend in December). Fee is charged.
- OLD SUSPENSION BRIDGE - Still in
use as a pedestrian crossing of the Brazos River in downtown Waco,
was the nation's largest suspension bridge when it was built in
1870 and became vital avenue over which passed much of great Western
movement including the Chisholm Trail. The famous Brooklyn Bridge
was later patterned after it.
- PARKS - A network of 36 spacious
municipal parks, unrivaled in the Southwest, led by 380 acre Cameron
Park with scenic vistas and miles of quiet bridle paths; one of
the state's largest natural municipal parks--all in the heart
of the city..
- STRECKER MUSEUM - Indian life
and lore, geological, biological, and anthropological collections.
Open Tues - Fri from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Sat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Located at Sid Richardson Hall, on the
Baylor University Campus.
- TEXAS RANGER HALL of FAME & MUSEUM
at FORT FISHER - replica of original Texas Ranger fort established
in 1837. Displays commemorate history and heritage of Texas Rangers.
Headquarters for present Company F, Texas Rangers. Famous collection
of guns and weapons from the Old West, Indian artifacts and Western
art. In a 35 acre park along I-35 at University Parks Drive on
Lake Brazos. Camping, picnic sites. Museum is open daily from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is charged.
- TEXAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME - Sports
memorabilia highlight nationally known Texans for their achievements;
golfers Byron Nelson, Lee Trevino, Don January, Babe Didrikson
Zaharias, boxer George Foreman; baseball's Nolan Ryan, to name
but a few. Video features historic sorts events in the Tom Landry
Theatre. There is also the Tennis Hall of Fame, and the Texas
High School Halls of Fame for football, basketball, and baseball.
Back to Main | Advertiser's Index
| City Index