"Mammoths, Historic Village & the First Dr. Pepper" Top 5 Page for this destination Waco by VeronicaG
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Perhaps a year or so ago as we drove through Waco for the first time, all that seemed to redeem it was Baylor University. On a recent visit, however, we determined to find something more in Waco...and we did.
While Baylor is its shining jewel, I think the Brazos River is certainly an attraction itself. I think more could be made of it!
Waco is home to the unique Dr. Pepper Museum, Mayborn Museum and its mammoths, quaint Historic Village and the Texas Hall of Fame and Ranger Museum, which all offer hours of enjoyment for the entire family.
Here's a bit of Waco history: In 1824, Thomas M. Duke found a group of Native Americans living in what is now the downtown area, near the west bank of the Brazos River. They were referred to as the 'Hueco' or Waco.
He reported back to Stephen F. Austin, "...They have about 400 acres planted in corn, pumpkins and melons that are tended and in good order. I doubt they could raise more than 100 warriors."
After Austin's failed attempt to take the village, a treaty was signed between them in 1825. Peace was shortlived, for in 1830 Comanche's, cast out of their own territory, invaded and the Hueco moved upstream to Palo Pinto County, to where Fort Worth is located now.*
In more recent times, our government's confrontation with the branch Davidian cult focused the world's attention on Waco in a less than positive way, when the compound went up in flames and an investigation into this event seemed somwhat lackluster.
*taken from wikipedia.com
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