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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Waco, Texas

 
Clickable Map of McLennan County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg McLennan County, TX (66) Bell County, TX (101) Bosque County, TX (19) Coryell County, TX (11) Falls County, TX (10) Hill County, TX (51) Limestone County, TX (39)  McLennanCounty(66) McLennan County (66)  BellCounty(101) Bell County (101)  BosqueCounty(19) Bosque County (19)  CoryellCounty(11) Coryell County (11)  FallsCounty(10) Falls County (10)  HillCounty(51) Hill County (51)  LimestoneCounty(39) Limestone County (39)
Waco is the county seat for McLennan County
Waco is in McLennan County
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1Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 143rd Infantry 36th Division Memorial — Arms Secure Peace
143rd Infantry 36th Division Dedicated in Reverent Memory of and to Proudly Honor All Who Served June 3 1989Map (db m177842) WM
2Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 341 — Baylor University
World's largest Baptist University. Founded under charter issued by Congress of Republic of Texas on Feb. 1, 1845, and in continuous operation ever since. Named for Judge R. E. B. Baylor (1791-1873), a native of Kentucky, an 1820s United . . . Map (db m180289) HM
3Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 465 — Bosque River Crossing of the 1841 Texan Santa Fe Expedition
Sent by the Republic of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar to establish trade and expand Texas' legal boundaries, the members of the 1841 Texan Santa Fe Expedition met with a number of hardships endeavoring to carry out their mission. On July 6, . . . Map (db m157032) HM
4Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 490 — Brann-Davis Shootings — (April 1, 1898)
The city of Waco in the 1890s divided into two armed camps over the caustic criticisms of William Cowper Brann (1855-1898) in his magazine, "The Iconoclast". A gifted writer, Brann attacked many organizations, especially Baptists and Baylor . . . Map (db m84679) HM
5Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 15845 — Burleson Quadrangle
Dr. Rufus C. Burleson was the first president of Baylor's Waco Campus and Burleson Quadrangle was named in his honor. With the completion of Baylor's four original buildings - Old Main (1886), Georgia Burleson Hall (1888), The F. L. Carroll Chapel . . . Map (db m183672) HM
6Texas (McLennan County), Waco — Confederate Veterans Memorial
In Memory of the Confederate Veterans Buried First Street Cemetery Erected by Appomattox Chapter No 2394 United Daughters of the Confederacy 1976Map (db m178013) WM
7Texas (McLennan County), Waco — Confederate Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m178511) WM
8Texas (McLennan County), Waco — Confederate Veterans Monument
In Memory of The Brave Men And Devoted Women Of The South By Pat Cleburne Camp United Confederate Veterans May 2, 1893Map (db m178513) WM
9Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 1255 — Doris Miller — October 12, 1919 - November 25, 1943
Doris (Dorie) Miller was reared on a farm in McClennan County, Texas, and attended Waco’s A.J. Moore High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the battleship “USS West Virginia” in 1940. The “West . . . Map (db m34637) HM
10Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 1271 — Dr. John Henry Sears — (October 9, 1826 - December 4, 1901)
A native of Virginia John Henry Sears received his medical education in South Carolina. Moving to Waco in 1854, he began his medical practice. After service as a Confederate surgeon during the Civil War, he returned to Waco and became a civic . . . Map (db m178515) HM
11Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 1277 — Dr. Rufus Columbus Burleson
Pioneer Preacher • President of Baylor University • • Born in Alabama August 7, 1823 • Died May 14, 1901 His Wife Georgia J. Burleson Born September 23, 1833 Died June 11, 1924Map (db m178507) HM
12Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 14809 — Edward Ferdinant Forsgard
Edward Ferdinant Forsgard was born to Swedish immigrants Samuel Johan Forsgard and Mary Johnson in 1870 at their home at 115 Bridge Street in Waco. Edward, known as "Fuzzy," was the only one of the Forsgard's six children to survive into . . . Map (db m178184) HM
13Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 1454 — Elite Cafe
The first Elite cafe opened in downtown Waco in 1919 and was acquired by the Greek immigrant Colias family in 1920. The Colias brothers opened this Elite cafe in 1941 on "The Circle," a traffic hub built on Waco's suburban edge in the early 1930s. A . . . Map (db m68678) HM
14Texas (McLennan County), Waco — First Baptist Church of Waco
Organized in 1851 by the Rev. Noah Byars and four charter members, the First Baptist Church of Waco worshiped in the meetinghouse of the First Methodist Church until their own sanctuary was built at fourth and Mary Streets in 1857. It was destroyed . . . Map (db m140725) HM
15Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 18556 — First Street Cemetery
As the oldest public cemetery in Waco, First Street Cemetery is the resting place for members of Waco's early and diverse community. Burials include veterans, Masons, Odd Fellows, Woodmen of the World, Knights and Daughters of Tabor and Court of . . . Map (db m178003) HM
16Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 1898 — First United Methodist Church of Waco
In 1850 the Rev. Joseph P. Sneed and 23 charter members founded this congregation, the first church in the townsite of Waco. Services were held initially in a log cabin at Second and Jackson street. The Methodists shared their building with the . . . Map (db m130048) HM
17Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 2139 — General Richard Harrison — (1821-1876)
One of a trio of brothers -- great grand-nephews of U.S. President Wm. Henry Harrison -- who all gained rank of General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Richard Harrison was a physician and statesman prior to army service. Won his . . . Map (db m177841) HM
18Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 15767 — Georgia Burleson and Early Female Education at Baylor
Baylor President Rufus Burleson (1823-1901) and his wife Georgia Jenkins Burleson (1833-1924) believed that female education was an important component of the life of Baylor University, and the two provided significant contributions to the cause. . . . Map (db m183668) HM
19Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 2171 — Gerald-Harris Shooting — (November 19, 1897)
James W. Harris (1863-1897), editor of Waco's "Times -Herald" and Judge George Bruce Gerald (1836-1914) argued over an article the Judge wrote. It supported William Cowper Brann's controversial magazine, "The Iconoclast", which denounced, among . . . Map (db m84678) HM
20Texas (McLennan County), Waco — Going Up The Chisholm Trail — 1867
“To those riders who passed this way ... their memories, honored in stone but written in our hearts” “Across the Brazos at Waco”Map (db m94683) HM
21Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 2345 — Hallie Earle, M.D. — (1880-1963)
Harriet (Hallie) Earle was born on her family's ranch near Waco. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baylor University, and a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. In 1907 Dr. Earle became the first licensed female . . . Map (db m178231) HM
22Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 2708 — Jacob de Cordova — (June 6, 1808 - January 26, 1868)
Born to a Jewish family in Spanishtown, Jamaica, British West Indies, Jacob de Cordova immigrated to Philadelphia about 1830. After a brief return to Jamaica where he founded a newspaper, he became engaged in trade between New Orleans and Texas. He . . . Map (db m94685) HM
23Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 3302 — McLennan County Courthouse — (Built 1901-02)
Seat of justice for county organized in 1850 by founders of Waco, to give the young city added strength. Ironically, until the early 20th century, county outstripped city in prosperity. This courthouse (the county's fourth) was built during . . . Map (db m141198) HM
24Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 3658 — Oakwood Cemetery
Before Oakwood Cemetery was established here in 1878, this tract of land contained fair grounds and race track. The 157-acre burial ground is successor to "First Street Cemetery", oldest important cemetery in Waco. Many bodies from early . . . Map (db m178178) HM
25Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 16018 — Old Main
Old Main, completed in 1887, was the first building constructed on the Baylor Campus after the university's move from Independence, Washington County. Because of Baylor's limited resources, the building served as the primary location for both . . . Map (db m183666) HM
26Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 14402 — Ole Canuteson
Ole Knudson was born in 1832 to Knud and Anna Knudson in Nordstokke on Norway's Karmψy Island. In 1850, the family, changing their name to Canuteson, moved to Illinois, where Ole wed Ellen Maline Gunderson, also of Nordstokke. At the urging of . . . Map (db m178229) HM
27Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 4304 — Robertson
The only father-son generals in the Civil War, except for Robert E. Lee and his son, are buried 1 block south. Gen. Jerome B.Robertson, Commander of Hood's Texas Brigade, Nov. 1862 to Jan. 1864, died in Waco Jan. 7, 1890. His son, Gen. Felix H. . . . Map (db m178186) HM
28Texas (McLennan County), Waco — Rotan Drive
Running along the west bank of the Brazos River, Rotan Drive developed in 1914 as a major new access to William Cameron Park. Beautification of land fronting prominent waterways was a major emphasis of the City Beautiful Movement. The creation of . . . Map (db m171574) HM
29Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 12758 — Samuel Johan Forsgard
Born in Klockergarden, Forserum, Sweden, Samuel Johan Forsgard (1828-1912) came to Texas in 1855 during the first wave of Swedish immigration to Texas. In 1857, he married Mary C. Johnson (1827-1897) in Austin and they moved to Waco to make a . . . Map (db m178014) HM
30Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 12585 — Speegleville Baptist Church
Founded in the home of early settler and community namesake Israel Washington Speegle, this historic congregation formally organized in 1850 as Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. It was renamed Speegleville Baptist Church after the members joined with . . . Map (db m144945) HM
31Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 4461 — St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church
According to oral tradition, this congregation began in 1886 as an evening Sunday school which met on Elm Street. The Rev. Charlie Gipson served as first pastor. A church building was constructed in 1906, during the pastorate of the Rev. L.M. . . . Map (db m177829) HM
32Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 5314 — The Cottonland Castle
Stone contractor John Tennant began this house in 1890, when Waco's cotton-based economy flourished. In 1906 Tennant sold the structure to Ripley Hanrick, a cotton broker, but it remained unfinished. With plans drawn by architect Roy Lane . . . Map (db m131557) HM
33Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 13099 — The Courthouses of McLennan County
In January 1850, the Texas Legislature created McLennan County from portions of Robertson and Milam counties, naming it for Neil McLennan, who had settled along the South Bosque River. In September of that year, the Commissioners Court began . . . Map (db m141199) HM
34Texas (McLennan County), Waco — The Original Fort Fisher
In the spring of 1837 the Republic of Texas ordered a battalion of Rangers to occupy the Waco Indian village and it was near this present location that they established the original Fort Fisher. The names of those gallant Rangers are listed below. . . . Map (db m178564) HM
35Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 15029 — The Texas Collection
Established in 1923 when Dr. Kenneth Hazen Aynesworth donated books to Baylor University, the Texas Collection is a library and archives research center holding a vast compilation of materials about Texas. Dr. Aynesworth (1873-1944) was born in . . . Map (db m183670) HM
36Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 5436 — The Texas Rangers and the Fence Cutters
Before 1875 in Texas, cattle roamed over thousands of acres of public land, and free grazing became a tradition. After 1875, however, an increasing farm populace tended to protect crops and other property with barbed wire fences which were . . . Map (db m177985) HM
37Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 5448 — The Waco Suspension Bridge
In 1866 the Waco Bridge Company was granted a 25 year charter to build a toll bridge here. The charter guaranteed that no other bridge or ferry could be built within five miles. Construction began in 1868 and, after much financial difficulty, was . . . Map (db m33216) HM
38Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 5448 — The Waco Suspension Bridge
In 1866 the Waco Bridge Company was granted a 25 year charter to build a toll bridge here. The charter guaranteed that no other bridge or ferry could be built within five miles. Construction began in 1868 and, after much financial difficulty, was . . . Map (db m94684) HM
39Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 12072 — Thomas Hudson Barron — (March 8, 1796 - February 2, 1874)
Thomas Hudson Barron, the son of John M. and Susan Mattingly Barron, was born in Virginia. The family moved to Kentucky by 1805. Thomas joined the Kentucky Militia in November 1814 and participated in the Battle of New Orleans. He married . . . Map (db m177990) HM
40Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 15141 — Toliver Chapel Baptist Church
This congregation grew out of a Sunday school class led by the Rev. I. Toliver, a highly-respected Baptist minister and civic leader in Waco's African American community. The Rev. Toliver, for whom the church is named, organized the Toliver Chapel . . . Map (db m177825) HM
41Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 5510 — Torrey's Trading Post No. 2 — (2.3 mi. north on bluff above Trading House Creek)
Site of greatest Indian council in Republic of Texas. There President Sam Houston made famous 1844 peace talks to assembled chiefs. Was "listening post" for frontier. Built and run by George Barnard for Torrey's Trading Company, post in 1844-49 was . . . Map (db m84677) HM
42Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 5696 — Waco — County Seat of McLennan County
Within sight of this spot March 1, 1849, occurred the first sale of town lots at Waco Village, former home of Waco Indians. Shapley P. Ross, first settler started Brazos Ferry in 1850. McLennan County was created same year, named for Neil . . . Map (db m177986) HM
43Texas (McLennan County), Waco — Waco Spring
Erected by Henry Downs Chapter Daughters of The American Revolution 1849 - May 5 - 1917 Reclaiming the Waco Spring Famed in Local Tradition As the Camp Grounds Of the Waco Indians And the first crossing Of the Brazos . . . Map (db m94686) HM
44Texas (McLennan County), Waco — Waco Suspension Bridge
The first bridge across the Brazos River Opened January 7, 1870 as a private toll bridge and at that time the longest (475 ft.) single span suspension bridge in the world Bought by McLennan County in 1889 and made a public free thoroughfare . . . Map (db m198748) HM
45Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 18221 — Westley United Methodist Church
Originally founded in 1902 as the East Side Mission by Reverend B.J. Goff, the Wesley United Methodist Church has served Waco for more than 100 years. In the beginning, the congregation met in a storefront and in the old county school building . . . Map (db m177831) HM
46Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 16892 — William Cameron Park
In 1910, the family of William Cameron donated land and funds to honor the prominent lumber businessman and civic leader who died in 1899. The original 125 acre public park included the popular Proctor Springs area on the west bank of the Brazos . . . Map (db m146519) HM
47Texas (McLennan County), Waco — 12381 — William McKendree Lambdin — (January 16, 1811 - September 11, 1867)
A native of Virginia, William McKendree Lambdin was the son of a Methodist minister. In 1834, he married Phebe G. Lamb, and after her death in 1849 he married Susan A. Thompson (1830-1910) in 1855. Two years later, the Lambdins moved to Texas and . . . Map (db m178015) HM
 
 
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Jul. 2, 2022