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All Tours: 7

Tour curated by: Baylor University Institute for Oral History & The Texas Collection | 9 Locations

The term ‘Bible-Belt’ is sometimes used to describe the religious landscape of Central Texas. However, to characterize Waco as a community full of carbon-copy churches is to do a disservice to the heterogeneous character of the houses of worship…

Tour curated by: Baylor University Institute for Oral History & The Texas Collection | 7 Locations

Situated in the Heart of Texas, Waco’s food services reflect the diverse eating habits and culinary practices of the state at large. As far as regional fare is concerned, diners have their pick of establishments that serve everything from standards…

Tour curated by: Baylor University Institute for Oral History & The Texas Collection | 4 Locations

Once a small frontier town on the banks of the Brazos River, Waco developed into a thriving commercial center of Texas near the end of the nineteenth century. As the population grew, the city became known as a leader in education because of the…

Tour curated by: Baylor University Institute for Oral History & The Texas Collection | 5 Locations

Chartered in 1856, Waco began as a tiny frontier town on the banks of a river which was often too volatile to cross. Despite its dangers, the river served as an ideal water source for farming. The cotton industry developed as farmers realized the…

Tour curated by: Baylor University Institute for Oral History & The Texas Collection | 10 Locations

Providing a constant water supply, means of transportation, and fertile farming ground, but also serving as a site of frequent flooding, the Brazos River shaped the story of the communities which grew upon its banks. Throughout history, it has proven…

Tour curated by: Baylor University Institute for Oral History & The Texas Collection | 7 Locations

Since Ann Pamela Cunningham rallied the help of women throughout America to save George Washington’s Mount Vernon from ruin and neglect in the mid-nineteenth century, Americans set about preserving historic homes in their own backyards as windows…

Tour curated by: Baylor University Institute for Oral History & The Texas Collection | 18 Locations

African Americans have held a central role in the development of Waco and McLennan County since the first permanent settlements were established in the mid-nineteenth century. The first black residents came to Central Texas primarily as slaves to…

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