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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

Heather Run Golf Course

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

Waco, TX Golf Courses

Bear Ridge Golf Club

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

Waco, TX Golf Courses

Cottonwood Creek Golf Course

Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 5

Waco, TX Golf Courses

Connally Golf Course

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

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

Fayette County Lake Fishing

Fayette County Reservoir is first and foremost a largemouth bass lake. Statewide annual tournament surveys consistently rank ...

Weimar Golf Club

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

Ridglea Country Club -South

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Fairfield Lake Widlife Viewing

Surrounding woods are oak, hickory, cedar, elm, dogwood, and redbud, which offer sanctuary for many species of birds, and mar...

Burleson County Czech Heritage Museum

This small, but rich, museum focuses on the history and culture of the Czech people, and to assist the public in understandin...