Waco in Texas

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22-story ALICO building © flickr.com - Austrini/cc-by-sa-2.0

22-story ALICO building © flickr.com – Austrini/cc-by-sa-2.0

Waco is the county seat of McLennan County, Texas, United States. It is situated along the Brazos River and I-35, halfway between Dallas and Austin. The city had a 2010 population of 124,805, making it the 22nd-most populous city in the state. The 2019 population estimate for the city was 139,236. The Waco metropolitan statistical area consists of McLennan and Falls counties, which had a 2010 population of 234,906. Falls County was added to the Waco MSA in 2013. The 2019 U.S. census population estimate for the Waco metropolitan area was 273,920.

During the presidency of George W. Bush, Waco was the home to the White House Press Center. The press center provided briefing and office facilities for the press corps whenever Bush visited his “Western White HousePrairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, about 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Waco.

Downtown Waco is relatively small when compared to other larger Texas cities, such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, or even Fort Worth, El Paso, or Austin. The 22-story ALICO Building, completed in 1910, is the tallest building in Waco.

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum © Pi3.124/cc-by-sa-3.0 Waco Lake and Dam © U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library 22-story ALICO building © flickr.com - Anthony George/cc-by-sa-2.0 22-story ALICO building © flickr.com - Austrini/cc-by-sa-2.0 Austin Avenue © Michael Barera/cc-by-sa-4.0 Downtown Waco from Interstate 35 © HuecoBear Downtown Waco © Billy Hathorn/cc-by-sa-3.0 Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute © Larry D. Moore/cc-by-sa-3.0 Magnolia Market © Carlapendergraft/cc-by-sa-4.0 Magnolia Market © Carlapendergraft/cc-by-sa-4.0 McLennan County Courthouse © Larry D. Moore/cc-by-sa-3.0 Rufus Columbus Burleson statue in front of Burleson Quadrangle at Baylor University © Lpret Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum © Larry D. Moore/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Rufus Columbus Burleson statue in front of Burleson Quadrangle at Baylor University © Lpret
Waco is served by the Waco-McLennan County Library system. The Armstrong Browning Library, on the campus of Baylor University, houses collections of English poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The Red Men Museum and Library houses the archives of the Improved Order of Red Men. The Lee Lockwood Library and Museum is home to the Waco Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. The Waco Mammoth National Monument is a paleontological site and museum managed by the National Park Service in conjunction with the City of Waco and Baylor University. Other museums in Waco include the Dr Pepper Museum, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Mayborn Museum Complex.

A 7-mile scenic riverwalk along the east and west banks of the Brazos River stretches from the Baylor campus to Cameron Park Zoo. This multiuse walking and jogging trail passes underneath the Waco Suspension Bridge and captures the peaceful charm of the river. Lake Waco is a reservoir along the western border of the city. Cameron Park is a 416-acre (168 ha) urban park featuring playgrounds, picnic areas, a cross-country running track, and a disc golf course. The park also contains Waco’s 52-acre (21 ha) zoo, the Cameron Park Zoo.

Notable attractions in Waco include the Hawaiian Falls water park and the Grand Lodge of Texas, one of the largest Grand Lodges in the world. The Waco Suspension Bridge is a single-span suspension bridge built in 1870, crossing the Brazos River. Indian Spring Park marks the location of the origin of the town of Waco, where the Huaco Indians had settled on the bank of the river, at the location of an icy cold spring. The Doris Miller Memorial is a public art installation along the banks of the Brazos River. A nine-foot bronze statue of Miller was unveiled on December 7, 2017, temporarily located at nearby Bledsoe-Miller Park. Downtown Waco is home to Magnolia Market, a shopping complex containing specialty stores, food trucks, and event space, set in repurposed grain silos originally built in 1950 for the Brazos Valley Cotton Oil Company. The Magnolia Market, operated by Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV TV series Fixer Upper, saw 1.2 million visitors in 2016.

Read more on City of Waco, Waco & The Hearts of Texas, TourTexas.com – 12 Experiences You Can Have Only in Waco, the Heart of Texas, Magnolia.com – Inspiration for Life and Home, The Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Wikivoyage Waco and Wikipedia Waco (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.








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