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Waco, Texas

Waco is one of Texas' major cities, located in the rich agricultural region of the Brazos River Valley. Modern industry thrives, but the city retains the flavor of its past when the five "C's" were its support: cattle, cotton, corn, collegians, and culture.

Large, cold springs on the Brazos River were long popular with the Waco Indians. The first non-natives to see the area were remnants of De Soto's band in 1542. A Texas Ranger fort was established near an Indian village in 1837, and the first white settlers came 12 years later. Great plantations along the Brazos prospered briefly, but the Civil War wrecked plantation economy and scattered the population. A renewed Western movement and the presence of the Chisholm Trail through Waco brought another boom, along with a frontier wildness that nicknamed the town, "Six-shooter Junction."

Today, Waco is known for educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. The Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo, the first week in October, is a professional rodeo with entertainers, livestock and horse shows, and fine arts exhibits.

Institutions of higher learning include Baylor University, McLennan Community College, and Texas State Technical College.

A beautiful scenic riverwalk meanders along the Brazos River from Fort Fisher Park past the suspension bridge and through Cameron Park to Herring Avenue.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Bear Ridge Golf Club

Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Waco, TX Golf Courses

Golf Ranch, The

Course Access: Public
Holes: 9
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Waco, TX Golf Courses

Connally Golf Course

Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7

Waco, TX Golf Courses

Lake Waco Country Club -Par 3

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7

Waco, TX Golf Courses

Bogey's Par 3 Golf Course

Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1

Waco, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Waco, TX

Blackwell House Museum

The Blackwell House is known as the oldest house in Canton. This residence was built for Henry F. Blackwell, II and his wife ...

Dallas Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Hallettsville Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Texas Baptist Historical Center & Museum

Organized in 1839, this park is an integral part of one of Texas' most historic sites. The original site of Baylor University...