Americas Best Value Inn Waco
115 S Jack Kultgen Expressway, (formerly Lexington Inn), Waco, Texas, 76706, United States
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not stop. I'm not pessimistic,...
not stop. I'm not pessimistic, but I've heard people refer to this place as a black hole of sorts. The area is split into three classes - unemployed, low-income, and super rich. The job market is structured so that a large pool of unemployed, educated workers will always exist. City government has time and time again rejected anything that might bring in large-scale work for this city due to the fact that it would raise the general pay scale by offering Union jobs. Although, not a bad place to visit. Adequate cinemas and dining make this a perfect rest stop or brief vacation for anyone, just don't live here. ;)
Corsicana is located north of Waco. The city's historic downtown area has numerous ornate buildings of the era and many lovely Victorian homes lining brick paved streets. There is a Pioneer Village, the Warehouse of Living Arts Center, a temple as well as a Collins Street Bakery and other attractions.
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church building was started in 1904 and finished in 1907. It was remodeled in 1956 and again in 1986. Up until 1980 the floors had remained wooden with carpet in the aisles only. In
1986 the entire structure was gutted and refurbished for modern equipment.
The magnificent organ has now been placed on a movable platform. The roof was lined with hundreds of light bulbs on each of the arches but were removed in the fifties because of the hassle of replacing bulbs. The sanctuary is in the shape of a cross.
Waco is one of Texas' major cities and lies in a rich agricultural region of the Brazos river valley. The Brazos river area was popular with the Waco Indians when they first settled in the late 1700's. They believed that the spring fed waters held a magical protection of the Indian spirit 'Woman Having Powers in the Water'. A famous Texas Rangers Fort was established near an Indian village in 1837 and the first white settlers arrived 12 years later. Great cotton plantations were established along the Brazos and they prospered for a brief time until Civil War ruined the plantation economy and the populations was scattered. The Chisholm Trail through Waco brought another boom to Waco. More and more ranchers and cattlemen soon began driving cattle north which brought about a renewed western movement - thus giving the town the nickname of 'Six-shooter Junction'. In 1870 the 475ft suspension bridge was opened as the first pedestrian/wagon bridge across the Brazos and a year later the Waco and Northwestern Railroad reached Waco following by other railroads which turned Waco into the hub of commerce for Texas.
In 1886 Baylor University moved to Waco and merged with Waco University. In 1881 Paul Quinn College (Texas' oldest liberal arts college for African-Americans also moved to Waco and today Waco is known for its educational, cultural and recreation facilities.
Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The world's oldest major soft drink is now sold in 27 countries.
Unfortunately Waco is also remembered for the Davidian tragedy that ended in April 19, 1993 with alleged suicides and killings. The investigation and controversy still continues. Waco was a great little find for us, we had no idea there was going to be so much to offer and even though we have now briefly visited twice, we have still not covered it all. The Armstrong Browning Library for us was the biggest secret - it is just fabulous.
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