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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 (164) Bell County, TX (163) Bosque County, TX (32) Coryell County, TX (30) Falls County, TX (27) Hill County, TX (71) Limestone County, TX (40)  McLennanCounty(164) McLennan County (164)  BellCounty(163) Bell County (163)  BosqueCounty(32) Bosque County (32)  CoryellCounty(30) Coryell County (30)  FallsCounty(27) Falls County (27)  HillCounty(71) Hill County (71)  LimestoneCounty(40) Limestone County (40)
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1 Texas, 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
2 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 103 — Albert Turner Clifton House
Built in 1921 for the family of prominent Waco businessman and civic leader Albert Turner Clifton (1879-1948), this house is a fine example of the Tudor revival style of architecture. Outstanding features of the house include its steeply pitched . . . Map (db m203510) HM
3 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 111 — Alexander McKinza — (1815 - About 1874)
In 1834 Alexander McKinza moved to Nacogdoches, Texas, from his native Alabama. During the Texas War for Independence, he joined the Sabine Volunteers under Capt. Benjamin F. Bryant and fought at the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836. McKinza . . . Map (db m203523) HM
4 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 118 — Alico Building
Designed and built by Sanguinet & Staats and Roy E. Lane, the 22-story home office of the Amicable Life Insurance Co. was erected in 1911 as publicity for the new firm. The structure's Beaux Arts styling features rich terra cotta details on the top . . . Map (db m203361) HM
5 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 241 — Austin Avenue Methodist Church
Designed by R.H. Hunt, this edifice is a substantial interpretation of Gothic architecture. It was built in 1925 during the ministry of the Rev. Cullom H. Booth. The two-story equivalent brick structure, which rests on a raised basement, features a . . . Map (db m203503) HM
6 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 242 — Austin Avenue United Methodist Church
At the close of the nineteenth century, when it was determined that Waco's Fifth Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South (now First United Methodist Church) had grown too large, its members petitioned the denominational conference for the . . . Map (db m203501) HM
7 Texas, 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
8 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 12073 — Bell's Hill School
In March 1886, Joseph D. Bell drilled Waco's first artesian well, and the area around the well became known as Bell's Hill. The Waco School District opened the Sixth District School at 6th and Franklin streets in 1889; it was moved to a new . . . Map (db m203514) HM
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9 Texas, 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
10 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 466 — Bosqueville Baptist Church
The Rev. S.G. O'Bryan organized this church in Nov. 1854. Frank Broadus, N.W. Crain, W.S. Gill, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Kellum, Henry Rogers, and Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Sparks were charter members. They met in a log schoolhouse, and later at Bosqueville . . . Map (db m203535) HM
11 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 467 — Bosqueville Cemetery
Burials began here as early as 1850 on 10 acres given by Little Berry White for a school and cemetery. A log schoolhouse at this site in 1853-54 served the Methodist and Baptist churches as a meeting place. Some of the unmarked graves were those of . . . Map (db m203520) HM
12 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — Bosqueville Cemetery Memorial
In Memory of Veterans of WarsMap (db m203521) WM
13 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 468 — Bosqueville Methodist Church
Before organizing in 1853 this congregation met in homes. The following year services were held in the New Oakwood schoolhouse and later in the Bosqueville College. In 1875, under the leadership of the Rev. W. T. Melugin, the first building was . . . Map (db m203518) HM
14 Texas, 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
15 Texas, 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
16 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 666 — Camp MacArthur — World War I Training Headquarters
Named for and dedicated by Lt. Gen. Arthur MacArthur, U.S.A., veteran of Civil War, outstanding officer in Philippines, 1898-1902, father of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Founded July 18, 1917, to train 32nd Division, National Guard, in first world . . . Map (db m203539) HM
17 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 14173 — Carroll Library
The Carroll Library has been a vital institution for Baylor since the early 20th Century. The need for a central library became clear when Waco University consolidated with Baylor University at Independence in 1886, resulting in the opening of . . . Map (db m204856) HM
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18 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 14408 — Castle Heights
This historic Waco neighborhood exhibits distinctive design features. W.T. Herrick and W.L. Wollett platted Castle Heights in 1923, naming it for nearby Cottonland Castle and its elevation above the commercial district. Notable elements included . . . Map (db m203512) HM
19 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 794 — Central Christian Church — Of Waco
Eighteen members of the Disciples of Christ denomination in Waco began worshiping together in homes as early as 1867. In 1870 they became charter members of a congregation organized under the leadership of the Rev. B.F. Hall, who came to Waco from . . . Map (db m203588) HM
20 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 926 — Cobbs-Walker Cemetery
This small family cemetery was begun in 1853 upon the death of Missouri V. Cobbs, infant daughter of County Judge John Allen Cobbs and his wife Eleanor. The graveyard contains one section with twenty-one graves of the Cobbs and related families, and . . . Map (db m203590) HM
21 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 978 — Columbus Avenue Baptist Church
On December 24, 1900, a group of Baptists living in the newly developed North Waco neighborhood gathered together at the home of J.T. Strother to discuss the formation of a new congregation. With assistance from the First Baptist Church of Waco, . . . Map (db m203506) HM
22 Texas, 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
23 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — Confederate Veterans Memorial
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24 Texas, 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
25 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 12117 — Congregation Agudath Jacob
In 1870, only fifty of Waco's 3,618 residents were Jewish. The Hebrew Benevolent Association and Cemetery of Waco were incorporated in 1873. The association was Waco's earliest Jewish community organization. Its purpose was to support local Jewish . . . Map (db m203586) HM
26 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 13693 — Congregation Rodef Sholom
Waco's Hebrew Benevolent Association formed in 1869 and bought land for use as a cemetery. The organization received its charter in 1873. That year, a group of 25 Jews in the Waco area received a charter for the Eureka Lodge No. 198 from the . . . Map (db m203589) HM
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27 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 1173 — David Smith Kornegay
Fought at San Jacinto, 1836 • Escaped the Dawson Massacre 1842 • Born in North Carolina 1810 • Died April 5, 1856Map (db m203522) HM
28 Texas, 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
29 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 13420 — Dr. Andrew Joseph Armstrong and Mary Maxwell Armstrong
Andrew Joseph Armstrong (1873-1954), a native of Kentucky, was a noted scholar of the life and works of English poet Robert Browning. He held teaching positions at several colleges and universities in the early 20th century and met his future wife, . . . Map (db m225971) HM
30 Texas, 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
31 Texas, 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
32 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 1335 — Earle Napier-Kinnard House
Original two rooms were built in 1850's by John Baylis Earle. He married Emma C. Nelson; their children - J.B., Jr., Henry S., Nelson, Anne - were born here. Earle manufactured Confederate uniforms in mill built in 1861. Main house was built in . . . Map (db m203732) HM
33 Texas, 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
34 Texas, 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
35 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 22706 — Evangelia Settlement
The Evangelia Settlement was established as part of a larger progressive social movement from the late 1800s. This movement was bolstered by women in churches who started initiatives to help the less fortunate. Results included the founding of many . . . Map (db m203517) HM
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36 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 1681 — 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 . . . Map (db m212660) HM
37 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 1736 — First Lutheran Church
This congregation was organized in 1884 to serve Waco's Norwegian population. Originally known as the Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Ebenezer Congregation, the church conducted worship services in Norwegian until 1916. In 1917, the name First . . . Map (db m203387) HM
38 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 1850 — First Presbyterian Church of Waco
Congregation established in 1855, with 17 members and two ruling elders. This building was erected in 1912, after two earlier structures were outgrown. In 74 years, church had only two ministers: Dr. Samuel A. King, 1863-1903; Dr. Charles T. . . . Map (db m203408) HM
39 Texas, 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
40 Texas, 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
41 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 12905 — Forsgard House
Samuel Johan Forsgard (d. 1912) came to Texas from Sweden in 1855. Two years later, he married Mary C. Johnson (or Jonsson) (d. 1897) and moved to Waco. Their son, Edward Ferdinant "Fuzzy" (1870-1941), married Anna Marie Weaver (1877-1963), and he . . . Map (db m203695) HM
42 Texas, 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
43 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 16017 — George W. Carroll Science Hall
Carroll Science Hall was named in honor of businessman and philanthropist George Washington Carroll, who gave two separate donations of $60,000 and $15,000 to Baylor University for the construction of a hall devoted to science. In 1902, the . . . Map (db m205079) HM
44 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 2163 — George W. Truett
North Carolina native George W. Truett followed his parents to Texas in 1889, and settled first in Whitewright in Grayson county. He worked on the family farm, attended Grayson Junior College, and became an active member of the Baptist Congregation. . . . Map (db m225975) HM
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45 Texas, 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
46 Texas, 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
47 Texas, 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
48 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 2234 — Governor Patrick Morris Neff — (Nov. 26, 1871 - Jan. 20, 1952)
Born at nearby McGregor, Texas, Pat M. Neff was the ninth child of Noah and Isabella (Shepherd) Neff. He was educated at Baylor University and the University of Texas Law School. As a young Waco lawyer, Neff was elected to the Texas House of . . . Map (db m225968) HM
49 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 2248 — Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F & A.M.
The first attempt to establish Freemasonry in Texas occurred in 1828 when Stephen F. Austin and a group of Masons petitioned the Mexican National Grand Lodge for a lodge charter. Due to the political upheaval of the time, nothing became of the . . . Map (db m203383) HM
50 Texas, 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
51 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 2423 — Hebrew Rest
Jews settled in Waco in the 1850s. In 1869 the Hebrew Benevolent Association (HBA) was formed to assist the needy and provide interment in accordance with the laws and rites of Judaism. That year, the HBA acquired this property as a Jewish burial . . . Map (db m203734) HM
52 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — In Honor and Remembrance
In Honor and Remembrance of the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001, and to celebrate the enduring spirit of all AmericansMap (db m203719) WM
53 Texas, 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
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54 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — Jacob's Ladder — Go Ahead, Give it a Try
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 . . . Map (db m203605) HM
55 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — Lindsey Hollow — Discover the Legend
Upstream from Proctor Springs sits Lindsey Hollow, which features a soaring canopy of trees along Wilson Creek with hills covered in dense vegetation. Like Proctor Springs, Lindsey Hollow existed before Cameron Park came to life in 1910. The . . . Map (db m203602) HM
56 Texas, 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
57 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — McLennan County Gulf War, Iraq War, and War in Afghanistan Memorial
In Honor of the Brave Men and Women of the Armed Forces of the United States of America Who Served and Perished in the Gulf War, Iraq War, and War in Afghanistan Those From McLennan County Who Died in Operation Desert Storm (Gulf War) . . . Map (db m204070) WM
58 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — McLennan County Korean Memorial
In Honor of the Brave Men and Women of the Armed Forces of the United States of America Who Served and Perished in the Korean War Those From McLennan County Who Died in the Korean War Are Inscribed John A. Aimer • Hollis G. Wilson . . . Map (db m204057) WM
59 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 13418 — Mount Zion United Methodist Church
In the years following Emancipation, eighteen former slaves worshipped together on the banks of the Brazos River under an old oak tree. Records show that these men and women, both Baptists and Methodists were also allowed to worship in the balcony . . . Map (db m203609) HM
60 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 3581 — New Hope Baptist Church
In the years before 1865, some blacks in Waco worshiped at the city's First Baptist Church. In 1866 the congregation's pastor, Baylor University president Dr. Rufus Burleson, with the Rev. S.G. O'Bryan and Dr. Richard Burleson, organized a black . . . Map (db m203696) HM
61 Texas, 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
62 Texas, 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
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63 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — Old Site of Texas Christian University — (One Block S.E.)
A hundred people-faculty and students of Add-Ran Christian University (situated 1876-1895 at Thorp Spring)-reached Waco by train and marched 3 miles to this site on Christmas Eve 1895. By invitation, Add-Ran began to operate that day in unfinished . . . Map (db m209997) HM
64 Texas, 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
65 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 3957 — Paul Quinn College
Texas oldest liberal arts college for Negroes. Originally Connectional High School and Institute for Negro Youth, opened in Austin, April 4, 1872, by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, under Bishop J.M. Brown (1817-1893), who served 1872-1876 . . . Map (db m203738) HM
66 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — Proctor Springs — A Beautiful Park Comes To Life
Before Cameron Park, there was Proctor Springs. In the late 1700s, the Waco Indians considered the springs sacred grounds. The ice-cold springs were used as a watering hole during frontier times and after the Civil War the site hosted June-teenth . . . Map (db m203595) HM
67 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 4130 — Proctor Springs
One of numerous watering sites used by frontiersmen; a picnic spot for early Waco. Deeded on May 24, 1910, by Mrs. William (Flora B.) Cameron and family to city of Waco as original grant for William Cameron Park - named in honor of the deceased . . . Map (db m203598) HM
68 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 4152 — R. E. B. Baylor
(Back) Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor 1791-1873 Founder of Baylor University under the Republic of Texas 1845. Donor of the first thousand dollars to the institution. President of the first Board of Trustees. Professor in the first . . . Map (db m225977) HM
69 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — Redwood Shelter — Gateway to the Great Outdoors
Redwood Shelter is Cameron Park's main hub for outdoor sports, family gatherings and community events. Located in the middle of Pecan Bottoms, the area is the ideal spot to begin your outdoor adventure. Attractions like Jacob's Ladder, . . . Map (db m203608) HM
70 Texas, 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
71 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 16893 — 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 . . . Map (db m201970) HM
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72 Texas, 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
73 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 4629 — Second Baptist Church of Waco
On December 7, 1879, twenty-one members of the New Hope Baptist Church, located on the north side of Waco, organized this congregation to serve the needs of the black community in the southern part of town. Originally known as the Second Colored . . . Map (db m225979) HM
74 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 4863 — Site of Old Texas Cotton Palace
Founded in 1894, when Waco was cotton capital of the south. After first exposition to mark end of cotton season, original palace burned, was rebuilt, 1909. Exposition each November had grand royal coronation, nobility came from Texas cities, other . . . Map (db m203516) HM
75 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 5692 — Site of Waco Indian Village
On This SiteStood the village of a semi-civilized tribe, the Waco Indians who made a treaty with Stephen F. Austin in 1824 but were driven out by Comanches about 1837 • From them the city of Waco, laid out by Major George B. Erath in 1849, takes . . . Map (db m203386) HM
76 Texas, 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
77 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 4444 — St. James United Methodist Church
One of Waco's oldest churches, St. James Methodist Church was organized in 1874 by Father Anderson Brack (d. 1905). From the first worship services, conducted in a house near the Brazos River that served as a school for the black community, the . . . Map (db m203727) HM
78 Texas, 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
79 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 4470 — St. Mary's Church of the Assumption
Founded in 1869, St. Mary's Church of the Assumption is the oldest Catholic parish in Waco. Led by Father Bussant, the congregation erected its first sanctuary in 1870 at the corner of 6th and Washington streets. A second structure, built in 1879 at . . . Map (db m203505) HM
80 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 18271 — Stratton Stricker Building
In 1922, business partners Golladay Stratton, Sr. and Henry J. Stricker purchased land for their expanding furniture company. Architect Henry L. Spencer designed this 1923 Neoclassical Revival style building with general contractor S.B. Swigert . . . Map (db m203382) HM
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81 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 13419 — The Armstrong Browning Library
Located here on the Baylor University campus in a magnificent building created especially for it is the world's largest collection of books, manuscripts, artworks and memorabilia pertaining to the married English poets Robert Browning (1812-1889) . . . Map (db m225974) HM
82 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 5297 — The C.C. McCulloch House
Waco physician Josiah H. Caldwell (d. 1896) constructed a two-room house and detached kitchen on this site about 1866. Champe Carter McCulloch (1841-1907) purchased the property in 1871. Incorporating the existing structures, he built the present . . . Map (db m203359) HM
83 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — The Clubhouse, Miss Nellie's & Anniversary Park
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 . . . Map (db m203607) HM
84 Texas, 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
85 Texas, 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
86 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 5379 — The Methodist Home
The general conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, appointed the Rev. Joseph S. Key as Bishop for the Northwest Texas Conference of the Denomination in 1890. Bishop Key, who had previously worked with Methodist orphanages in Georgia, . . . Map (db m203593) HM
87 Texas, 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
88 Texas, 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
89 Texas, 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
90 Texas, 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
91 Texas, 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
92 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 5449 — The Waco Tornado
One of the most disastrous tornadoes in Texas history swept through downtown Waco on the afternoon of May 11, 1953, killing 114 people, destroying 346 buildings and creating property damage in excess of $50 million. Some of the worst devastation . . . Map (db m203363) HM
93 Texas, 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 m224317) HM
94 Texas, 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
95 Texas, 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
96 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — Veterans Plaza
In appreciation of all those who went before us and who will come after us. It is through their sacrifice that we remain free. May those affected find this plaza a place to remember, to reflect and to find peace and hope for our country.Map (db m203699) WM
97 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — Vietnam Veterans Memorial
In Honor of the Men and Women of the Armed Forces of the United States of America Who Served in the Vietnam War and in Remembrance of Those Who Remain Missing Those From Waco - Mclennan County Who Died in Vietnam Are Inscribed in the . . . Map (db m203701) WM
98 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — 5688 — Waco
Founded 1849. Named for Waco Indians. Sent men to state frontier defense and Confederate Army in Civil War, home of five C.S.A Generals Center for medicine, recreation, financial institutions and manufacturing enterprises. Home of Baylor . . . Map (db m203358) HM
99 Texas, 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
100 Texas, McLennan County, Waco — Waco Lodge No. 92, A.F. & A.M.
Oldest organization in continuous existence in Waco. Chartered Jan. 23, 1852, as Bosque Lodge, had name change in 1856. Texas Governors Richard Coke (1874-76), L. S. ("Sul") Ross (1887-91), and Pat M. Neff (1921-25) were members of this lodge, . . . Map (db m209996) HM

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