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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

Rolling Oaks Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 14

Waco, TX Golf Courses

Lake Waco Country Club -Eighteen Hole

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

Waco, TX Golf Courses

Ridgewood Country Club

Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2

Waco, TX Golf Courses

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
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Waco, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Waco, TX

Aquilla Lake Fishing

Largemouth bass fishing can be excellent on Aquilla. The combination of stained water, ample heavy cover, and light fishing p...

Navarro Mills Lake Hiking

Alliance Creek Nature Trail is a half-mile trail through a heavily wooded area located in Oak Park. There are many species of...

The Nutcracker Golf Club

This private golf club offers 18 holes at a par 72 on its 6,743 yard course....

Johnson County Courthouse

The Johnson County Courthouse,built in 1912 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features an open r...