WACO

Population 105,636

Altitude 427


General

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 Shooter Junction."

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 College.

ARMSTRONG-BROWNING LIBRARY

CAMERON PARK ZOO

DR. PEPPER MUSEUM

EARLE-HARRISON & GARDENS

HELEN MARIE TAYLOR MUSUEUM

HISTORIC HOMES

OLD SUSPENSION BRIDGE

PARKS

STRECKER MUSEUM

TEXAS RANGER HALL of FAME & MUSEUM at FORT FISHER

TEXAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME


Attractions

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