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Where Dreams Begin

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RECREATION

Cameron Park Zoo is within one of Texas’ biggest city parks (Cameron Park), while Cottonwood Creek Golf Course ranks among the best municipal golf courses in the state. The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Waco Mammoth National Monument, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Waco Suspension Bridge, Indian Spring Park, Mayborn Museum Complex and the Dr. Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute are destinations unique to Waco. For those looking to get outside there’s BSR Cable Park, Earle-Harrison House and Pape Gardens and Lake Waco Wetlands. Baylor University provides attractions like the Armstrong Browning Library, Martin Museum of Art and the Baylor Bear Habitat.

AMENITIES

In addition to Baylor, the largest Baptist university in the world and the oldest continuously operating university in Texas, McLennan Community College, Waco Independent School District, Midway ISD, Bosqueville ISD, Connally ISD and La Vega ISD serve educational needs. Providence Healthcare Network, founded in 1905, employs nearly 2,400 with L3 Technologies, Baylor Scott & White Health and H-E-B also being major employers in the area. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center has received the highest national recognitions awarded to a hospital or medical center for nursing.

HISTORY

The city was built on the site of an agricultural village of the Waco Indians. In 1849 the town began to quickly develop and was named county seat one year later. By 1856 Waco was incorporated and growth continued as the cotton industry spread along the Brazos River. Waco’s economy was boosted by the cattle industry, being on the Chisholm Trail, and with the completion of the Waco Suspension Bridge. Even still, cotton remained the catalyst for the city’s growth through the mid-1900s. The Waco Urban Renewal Project in 1958 aided significantly in establishing the city as it is today.

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CLIMATE

Waco is within a humid subtropical climate featuring hot summers and typically mild winters. The average high temperature is 78, while the low is 55. Rainfall is approximately 36 inches annually.

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