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Location of Brann-Davis Shootings Marker image, Touch for more information
By Gregory Walker, June 10, 2015
Location of Brann-Davis Shootings Marker
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
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
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
Texas (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Texas (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

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