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Waco is in central Texas and is the seat of McLennan County. It is located on the Brazos River, in a region producing cotton, grain, and livestock. Several lakes are nearby including Lake Waco, on the Bosque River. Brazos river was formed by the junction of the Double Mountain Fork and the Salt Fork. The Brazos flows southeast and empties into the Gulf of Mexico near Freeport. The river is 1,280 miles long and drains an extensive area. It is navigable at all times for 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to West Columbia, and during high water for a distance of 300 miles. Two large reservoirs north of Waco were formed by the construction on the river of the Possum Kingdom Dam and the Whitney Dam.

Waco is a commercial, transportation, and manufacturing center, with industries producing plastics, processed food, pharmaceuticals, glass, steel, and candy. The area is served by the Waco Regional Airport.

Located at 300 Austin Ave., Waco, Texas
254-750-5600
Waco Regional Airport
Waco Regional Airport
http://www.waco-texas.com/Airport/index.asp


Dr Pepper Museum
Dr Pepper Museum
Waco Texas
http://www.drpeppermuseum.com/
The Dr Pepper Museum is one of Waco's tourist attractions. In the late 1800s a red light district called the "Reservation" grew up in Waco and prostitution was regulated by the city. The Reservation was suppressed in the early 1900s. In 1885, the soft drink Dr Pepper was invented in Waco at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store.

Located at 300 South 5th Street, Waco, TX
254-757-1025


In 1937, Grover C. Thomsen and R.H. Roark created a soft-drink called "Sun Tang Red Cream Soda". After 22 years Sun Tang Red Cream Soda officially becomes Sun Tang Big Red Cream Soda then 10 years later would become known as the soft drink Big Red losing the Sun Tang.

Located at 720 Jewell Dr., Waco, Texas
254-772-7791
Big Red
Big Red in Waco Texas
http://www.bigred.com/


Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Texas Sports Hall of Fame
http://www.tshof.org/
Thad Johnson, sports editor at The Beaumont Enterprise, during a 1949 addressed at a meeting of the Texas Sportswriters Association at the Beaumont Hotel suggested that they start a Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Johnson’s idea met with unanimous approval. With the 1951 selection of baseball great Tris Speaker as its inaugural inductee, Texas became the very first state to honor its athletes with a hall of fame.

Located at 1108 S. University Parks Dr., Waco, Texas
254-756-1633 or 800-567-9561

The Parks and Recreation Department handles a wide range of environmental and recreational services. By maintaining approximately 1,400 acres of park property, including Cameron Park, the Brazos River Corridor and numerous neighborhood parks. Crews enhance city facilities with scenic landscaping, while preparing athletic fields and beautifying nearly 100 miles of right-of-ways and creeks.
Waco’s geography allows for prime hiking and biking trails, and the department seeks to develop community areas with friendly features like spray parks.

Located at 300 Austin Ave., Waco, Texas
254-750-5600
The Parks and Recreation Department
Waco Water Park
http://www.waco-texas.com/cms-parksandrecreation/page.aspx?id=45

Cameron Park Zoo
Cameron Park Zoo
http://www.cameronparkzoo.com/

The Cameron Park Zoo exhibits animals in natural habitats. Nestled in one of the largest undeveloped municipal parks in the country and adjacent to the Brazos River, Cameron Park Zoo encompasses 52 acres of lush native vegetation. Winding paths lead to splashing waters cascading down a waterfall, a picturesque lake and ponds. And in the midst of all this beauty, visitors see that the wild ones not only survive, they flourish.

Located at 1701 North 4th Street, Waco, Texas
254-750-8400


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