Although some might consider rugby an "extreme sport", most would not pick a small conservative Baptist school in Texas to be one of the front runners for the National Championship. This is not the case however when the Baylor Bears take the field. Winners of the 2000 National Championship in rugby, Baylor always produces a wonderful time for all. Matches are normally on Saturdays at 2pm, and vary throughout the school year. All you need here is a hat and some sunglasses. Admission is free, and Dr. Pepper is highly encouraged as the drink of choice!
Pat Neff Hall
Pat Neff Hall was completed in 1939 to house Baylor University's administrative offices and named after Baylors president from 1932-1947, Pat Neff. The McLane Carillon is one of the 10 carillons in Texas and is still played by hand. The bells are a nostalgic reminder of Baylor's past which once indicated the time the girls needed to be in the dorms. Although the curfew has been lifted, the bells in the carillon tower can still be heard across campus.
Mammoths, Historic Village & the First Dr. Pepper
Perhaps a year or so ago as we drove through Waco for the first time, all that seemed to redeem it was Baylor University. On a recent visit, however, we determined to find something more in Waco...and we did.
While Baylor is its shining jewel, I think the Brazos River is certainly an attraction itself. I think more could be made of it!
Waco is home to the unique Dr. Pepper Museum, Mayborn Museum and its mammoths, quaint Historic Village and the Texas Hall of Fame and Ranger Museum, which all offer hours of enjoyment for the entire family.
Here's a bit of Waco history: In 1824, Thomas M. Duke found a group of Native Americans living in what is now the downtown area, near the west bank of the Brazos River. They were referred to as the 'Hueco' or Waco.
He reported back to Stephen F. Austin, "...They have about 400 acres planted in corn, pumpkins and melons that are tended and in good order. I doubt they could raise more than 100 warriors."
After Austin's failed attempt to take the village, a treaty was signed between them in 1825. Peace was shortlived, for in 1830 Comanche's, cast out of their own territory, invaded and the Hueco moved upstream to Palo Pinto County, to where Fort Worth is located now.*
In more recent times, our government's confrontation with the branch Davidian cult focused the world's attention on Waco in a less than positive way, when the compound went up in flames and an investigation into this event seemed somwhat lackluster.
*taken from wikipedia.com