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Old Posted Mar 29, 2020, 5:35 PM
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Hecho en Waco

On a sleepy hungover Sunday, a friend of mine and I were driving from Dallas to Austin and decided to stop for lunch in Waco. I also wanted to see the Waco Suspension Bridge, which is the oldest (and first) suspension bridge in Texas. The cables were originally made by the Roebling Company (as in the Brooklyn Bridge).

Approaching on I-35

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Waco is home to Baylor University, which we did not explore, but the football stadium is right on the river.

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The Brazos River has parks on both sides as it runs through downtown Waco

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The Waco Suspension Bridge, with a span of 475ft. It was orginally built as a cattle crossing. The bridge was closed to traffic in the 1970s, and is a now a pedestrian bridge.

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The 282ft ALICO Building, which is one of the oldest skyscrapers in Texas

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The 1960s were not kind to this building...

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Waco is home to the Chip and Joanna Gaines 'Magnolia' empire, which apparently is a big thing for home improvement junkies...

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Waco is also the birthplace of Dr. Pepper, which even has its own museum...

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Old Posted Mar 29, 2020, 9:39 PM
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Waco was a market town for central Texas until an improved transportation system enabled Dallas and Ft. Worth to expand their influence. It was a fairly important railroad town. The Katy had a big presence in Waco, which is where its north-south trains serving Ft. Worth and Dallas and San Antonio and Houston swapped their cars. The Baptist Church had a dominating influence. McClennan Co., including all of Waco, was "dry" with the exception of one precinct in which the little town of West was located. A devastating tornado struck in 1953, devastating much of downtown. There are still vacant lots where buildings destroyed in that tornado were never rebuilt. They have done an excellent job of sprucing up, though, particularly along the Brazos.
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2020, 10:39 PM
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awesome thread -- its interesting to see around downtown waco. i've only driven that route once and blew through. i knew about dr. pepper, but did not know roebling had bridge work there.
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Nice pictures. You don't see much Waco on here!
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Despite Chip and Joanna's efforts, this place still looks like an impoverished dump.

There are a lot of amazing places in Texas, but Whacko isn't one of them. Not to mention, I'll always associate this place with David Koresh.
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There's not much to downtown Waco, but as is evident from Chip and Joanna Gaines' show, there are some really gorgeous neighborhoods around the city. It's a good place to be if you want to escape the craziness of Austin or other large cities. It's no place for the younger set, though.

A few years ago I drove around the hilly areas by Lake Waco and found neighborhoods that rivaled some of our nicest areas of west Austin. Prior to that, I had spent decades driving through on I-35 without stopping unless to get fast food.

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Nice pictures! You don't see much of Waco on here!
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Nice tour! That Alico building really dominates the skyline.
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Good stuff. I like Waco even though it seems doomed to for having weird headlines about it.
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Nice to finally see what Waco really looks like!

Omg that 60s base on that tower!! :0
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There's not much to downtown Waco, but as is evident from Chip and Joanna Gaines' show, there are some really gorgeous neighborhoods around the city. It's a good place to be if you want to escape the craziness of Austin or other large cities. It's no place for the younger set, though.

A few years ago I drove around the hilly areas by Lake Waco and found neighborhoods that rivaled some of our nicest areas of west Austin. Prior to that, I had spent decades driving through on I-35 without stopping unless to get fast food.
this. Waco has some nice underutilized old bones.

thanks for a trip down memory lane. link to my pics form 2010...one a day that topped around 110 degrees. http://www.skyscraperpage.com/forum/...d.php?t=185947

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Awesome shots!! Thanks!!
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Old Posted May 21, 2020, 5:37 PM
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I had zero concept of what Waco looked like. Thanks for the pics! The building with the Dr.Pepper museum is epic.
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