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Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Jacob's Ladder

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Jacob's Ladder Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
1. Jacob's Ladder Marker
Inscription.  Are you ready for the challenge? Climbing Jacob's Ladder and counting the number of steps are two of Cameron Park's most beloved traditions.

James Sturgis built the original ladder in the early 1900s. The ladder provided the Sturgis Family and the Waco Country Club (which became the Clubhouse in 1920) with access to the river from the top of the bluff. Constructed of wood, the steep ladder climbed straight up the rocky slope.

In 1960, the city constructed Rock Shelter to give visitors a place to rest and enjoy the river. Three years later, the parks crew replaced the aging wooden ladder. The crew designed and built the zigzagging concrete stairs on site. The ladder was renovated in 2009 and the cedar arches at the top and bottom of the ladder were built using wood from the park.

The quirky stairs are one of Cameron Park's favorite features, while Rock Shelter serves as the main entrance into the trail system.
 
Erected by Cameron Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1960.
 
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31° 34.639′ N, 97° 8.951′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is on Cameron Park Drive, ¼ mile north of North University Parks Drive, on the left when traveling north. The marker is located 100 feet north of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 Cameron Park Drive, Waco TX 76708, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Clubhouse, Miss Nellie's & Anniversary Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Redwood Shelter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lindsey Hollow (approx. ¼ mile away); Proctor Springs (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Proctor Springs (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Cameron Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Methodist Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mount Zion United Methodist Church (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
 
Jacob's Ladder Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
2. Jacob's Ladder Marker
The entrance to Jacob's Ladder image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
3. The entrance to Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's Ladder image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
4. Jacob's Ladder
Looking down Jacob's Ladder image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
5. Looking down Jacob's Ladder
The view of Jacob's Ladder from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
6. The view of Jacob's Ladder from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 647 times since then and 333 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 13, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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