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

The Clubhouse, Miss Nellie's & Anniversary Park

 
 
The Clubhouse, Miss Nellie's & Anniversary Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
1. The Clubhouse, Miss Nellie's & Anniversary Park Marker
Inscription.  In 1902, the Waco Country Club completed the construction of a magnificent two-story club house atop a bluff overlooking the Brazos River.

The all-wood mansion included white columns, reception rooms, an outdoor deck, a rooftop garden, tennis courts and scenic river views.

The building became a community clubhouse in 1920 when the Cameron Family announced its second donation of park land. The gift included approximately 200 acres of dense woodlands between Pecan Bottoms and Lovers Leap, along with the clubhouse property and building.

Waco's citizens were elated, and the following year, a celebration for the park's 11th birthday was held at the Clubhouse. A dance program, music from local bands and a track meet for school children were highlights of the festivities.

During the 1920s, the Clubhouse hosted countless parties, receptions and reunions.

A fire and deteriorating conditions took their toll on the building during the next 20 years. A single-story Clubhouse was completed in 1950, and additional remodeling took place in 1981. With the park's 75th Anniversary approaching, a renewed
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interest in the park blossomed.

In 1984, the park received a surprise donation from retired Congressman W.R. "Bob" Poage, who wished to develop a wildflower preserve in honor of his mother, Helen "Miss Nellie" Conger Poage. Miss Nellie loved picking flowers in the park as a child, and on April 11, 1987, Miss Nellie's Pretty Place opened to the public.

With flowing fields of bluebonnets, Indian paint brushes and black-eyed susans, the area is perfect for springtime family photos. Miss Nellie's also includes a fountain plaza and often serves as an outdoor classroom.

On May 19, 1987, the Junior League of Waco announced the opening of Anniversary Park, in honor of the Junior League's 50th Anniversary. The park's playground was one of the first in the nation to have handicap-accessible features.

Recent renovations to Anniversary Park and the Clubhouse complement the natural beauty of the area, which serves as a favorite spot for field trips, birthday parties and social gatherings.

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The original two-story clubhouse
 
Erected by Cameron Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsEntertainmentParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is April 11, 1987.
 
Location.
The Clubhouse, Miss Nellie's & Anniversary Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
2. The Clubhouse, Miss Nellie's & Anniversary Park Marker
31° 34.647′ N, 97° 8.985′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is on North University Parks Drive, ¼ mile north of North 4th Street, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located on the eastern section of the Cameron Park Clubhouse grounds at the top of Jacob's Ladder. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2601 North University Parks Drive, Waco TX 76708, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jacob's Ladder (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.
 
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
A view of Jacob’s Ladder image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
4. A view of Jacob’s Ladder
The Clubhouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
5. The Clubhouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 703 times since then and 200 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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