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Waco is one of Texas' major cities and lies in a rich agricultural region of the Brazos river valley. The Brazos river area was popular with the Waco Indians when they first settled in the late 1700's. They believed that the spring fed waters held a magical protection of the Indian spirit 'Woman Having Powers in the Water'. A famous Texas Rangers Fort was established near an Indian village in 1837 and the first white settlers arrived 12 years later. Great cotton plantations were established along the Brazos and they prospered for a brief time until Civil War ruined the plantation economy and the populations was scattered. The Chisholm Trail through Waco brought another boom to Waco. More and more ranchers and cattlemen soon began driving cattle north which brought about a renewed western movement - thus giving the town the nickname of 'Six-shooter Junction'. In 1870 the 475ft suspension bridge was opened as the first pedestrian/wagon bridge across the Brazos and a year later the Waco and Northwestern Railroad reached Waco following by other railroads which turned Waco into the hub of commerce for Texas.

In 1886 Baylor University moved to Waco and merged with Waco University. In 1881 Paul Quinn College (Texas' oldest liberal arts college for African-Americans also moved to Waco and today Waco is known for its educational, cultural and recreation facilities.

Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The world's oldest major soft drink is now sold in 27 countries.

Unfortunately Waco is also remembered for the Davidian tragedy that ended in April 19, 1993 with alleged suicides and killings. The investigation and controversy still continues. Waco was a great little find for us, we had no idea there was going to be so much to offer and even though we have now briefly visited twice, we have still not covered it all. The Armstrong Browning Library for us was the biggest secret - it is just fabulous.

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  • Last visit to Waco: Mar 2001
  • Intro Updated Feb 14, 2008
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