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Waco surprises many people. Many people only know it superficially: perhaps they know that Baylor University, the world's largest Baptist University, is located there, or they have passed through it on I-35, or they know that President Bush's ranch is located just a few miles outside town. I know Waco well, having lived here for over sixteen years. It was incorporated as the Town of Waco in the 1850's, and at one point was larger than Dallas or Austin. It is named for the Waco Indians which lived here at one time. The Chisholm Trail passed directly through town, over the 1870 Suspension Bridge, the first bridge built over the Brazos River. History is everywhere you turn in Waco, in the old downtown buildings, many of which have been lovingly preserved and restored, in the many museums which celebrate Texas and Waco history, and in the feeling you get when you walk across that amazing bridge, wooden planks suspended by graceful, sweeping cables. I think about the thousands of people who have walked across the bridge, and the carriages, cattle, and horses that have passed over it.
Many people are also surprised at Waco's size: the city itself is about 100,000 people, but Waco and suburbs include about 200,000. It's not a "small" town, it's medium sized and bustling with life.
Please look at the "Things to Do" page for even more surprises. There is so much to see and do in this town.