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[[Wikipedia:Waco, Texas]]

Revision as of 15:27, 7 April 2008

Waco [1] is a city in the Prairies and Lakes region of north central Texas, in the United States of America.

Delivery truck in Waco, Texas

Understand

Founded in 1849 near the site of an abandoned agricultural village of Waco Indians, Waco rose to prominence in the 1870's as a major junction for the transport of cattle; by 1871 between 600,000 and 700,000 head of cattle had passed through the city. As time progressed, Waco's location at the crossroads of major railroads and its location on the Brazos River helped the city grow and thrive. Now home to approximately 110,000 residents, Waco has a number of worthwhile attractions, but for many people, it is still best-known for the 1993 stand-off between the FBI and the Branch Davidians, resulting in the deaths of 86 people. The incident took place a few miles outside of Waco, though - not in the city itself, where no physical evidence of what occurred remains.

Get in

By plane

Passenger service into Waco goes through Waco Regional Airport (ACT). American Airlines and Continental both provide flights into and out of Waco. [2]

By car

Waco is located on I-35, thus allowing easy access by car from Dallas and Austin. State Highway 6 is the preferred route to reach Waco from Houston.

By bus

Waco has a Greyhound bus terminal located in the center of downtown.

By train

The closest train terminal is an Amtrak Station [3] in McGregor, Texas, which is a small community 15 miles west of Waco on highway 84.

By boat

The Brazos River flows through downtown Waco and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Reaching Waco by boat will be a challenge due to the shallowness of this river. A canoe or kayak would be preferable. Watch out for alligators.

A more practical (and entertaining) way of reaching Waco by boat would be to launch a kayak or canoe at the Lake Whitney dam, (approximately 40 miles upstream) and float downstream to Waco. No alligators this far upstream, though riverside landowners may be just as dangerous if one strays from the river.

Get around

The easiest way to travel around Waco is by car. The city of Waco does run a public transportation system, however, it has a limited number of stops and only runs during the daytime.

See

  • Cameron Park, [4]. At over 400 acres, one of the largest city parks in the state of Texas. It is located on the Brazos and Bosque Rivers just upstream from downtown Waco. It contains nearly 20 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails that are amongst the best in the state. Cameron Park also features a disc golf course.
  • Cameron Park Zoo
  • Dr Pepper Museum, 300 South 5th Street, Phone (254) 757-1025, [5]. The Dr Pepper soft drink was invented in Waco, and this museum is housed in one of the original bottling plants. The first floor explains the history of Dr. Pepper itself, complete with the original machines, an artesian well, and a talking dummy to fill in the details. The second floor deals with advertising and the commercial history of Dr. Pepper and other "independent" soft drinks in the USA, such as 7-Up and RC Cola. (A wall display trashing the long line of Dr. Pepper imitators earns high marks for sheer vitriol.) The third floor houses a conference center, a solemn "Soft Drink Executive Hall of Fame", and a conference center dedicated to free enterprise as an economic system. The real highlight, though, is the vintage soda fountain on the first floor - no price of admission necessary for purchase of Dr. Pepper, mixed and served straight from the tap. It's leagues better than what you can get in a can.
  • Suspension Bridge. The Suspension Bridge in Waco, built in 1870, was the first bridge across the Brazos River and the longest bridge west of the Mississippi River at that time.
  • Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, 100 Texas Ranger Trail I-35 and University Parks Dr., Phone: 254-750-8631, [6]. M-Su 9AM-4:30PM. The official museum of the Texas Rangers. (the law enforcement agency, not the baseball team) The Hall of Fame contains a large amount of memorabilia from the long history of the Texas Rangers.
  • Texas Sports Hall of Fame, [7].
  • The Alico Building, [8]. 425 Austin Ave. When completed in 1911, this beautiful 22 story building was the tallest in the Southwest.

Do

  • Lion's Park, 1716 North 42nd Street, Phone: (254) 772-3541, [9]. Ride on a miniature train, play putt-putt, drive a go-kart, or ride on a bumper boat.
  • Waco Water Park, [10]. The Waco Water Park is the coolest place to be this summer for kids of all ages. Two towering water slides and two pools provide a great escape from the summer heat.

Learn

  • Baylor University [11] is located in Waco.
  • Mayborn Museum [12] is located on Baylor University Campus, walk across a replica of Waco's famous mammoth site, see a Comanche tipi up close or spend your day exploring the 16 themed Discovery rooms, such as the Communication Room, the Health Room and the Invertebrate Room. The Mayborn Museum Complex is the perfect place to bring the family.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

  • The Cotton Palace, [13]. Charming lodging at this bed and breakfast.
  • America's Best Inn & Suites, 3829 Franklin Ave., +1 254 754-0363, Fax: +1 254 752-1318, [14].
  • Best Western Old Main Lodge, I-35 @ 4th Street, +1 254 753-0316, Toll-free: +1 800 299-9226, Fax: +1 254 753-3811, [15].
  • Best Western Waco Mall, 6624 W Highway 84, +1 254 776-3194, Toll-free: +1 800 346-1581, Fax: +1 254 772-6047, [16].
  • Courtyard Waco, 101 Washington Avenue, +1 254 752-8686, Fax: +1 254 752-1011, [17].
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Waco North, 4257 North IH-35, +1 254 412-2535, Fax: +1 254 412-2533, [18].
  • Fairfield Inn Waco South, 5805 North Woodway Drive, +1 254 776-7821, Fax: +1 254 776-7821, [19].
  • Hawthorne Suites, 1508 Interstate 35 North, +1 254 799-9989, Fax: +1 254 412-0688, [20].
  • Motel 6 Waco South, 3120 Jack Kultgen Freeway, +1 254 662-4622, Fax: +1 254 662-6407, [21].
  • Residence Inn Waco, 501 University Parks Drive, +1 254 714-1386, Fax: +1 254 714-1386, [22].

Get out

  • Clifton - 20 minutes west on Route 6 is this small town which is very proud of its Norwegian heritage.



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