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Waco City

Waco City Hall is located at 300 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 76702; phone: 254-750-5640.

Waco as Described in 1874 [1]

Captain S. P. Ross and T. H. Barron, in 1849, built the first houses in Waco. The first sale of city lots took place in the spring of 1850 and soon afterward it was made the county seat of McLennan County. The first Democratic State Convention ever held in Texas was here at which H. R. Runnels beat General Houston for Governor.

The population is comprised almost entirely of adventurous persons who emigrated from the older States of the Union, and their children born within the last 20 years. Its people are excelled in intelligence, industry, enterprise, refinement and morality by that of no city of equal size in the State.

Waco has a railroad tapping the Houston and Texas Central Railroad at Bremond; there is a magnificent suspension bridge across the Brazos River, a university, a female college, several fine schools and a good number of churches wherein true believers congregate for worship, meeting, singing, laughter and talk.

  1. J. M. Morphis, History of Texas from Its Discovery and Settlement, United States Publishing Company, New York, 1874.
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