Chapter 1: The City of Waco
When the pilot told the passenger that the plane will be landing at the Waco Regional Airport, then I look at the window and try to see what’s Waco would be looks like. For the first time, it was shocking me because all that I saw are farm. I could not imagine how the situation of the place that I would live. Here I will try to give a brief story about Waco.
According to history, Waco was founded in 1849 by the Huaco Indians. Waco is located at I-35 corridor between Dallas and Austin. According to 2011 City of Waco Annual Report & Financial Review, estimated population as of 2010 Census was 124,805 (21% African American, 29.6% Hispanic, 45.8% Caucasion, 3.6% Other) and Waco/Surrounding Areas Population is 233,378.
Waco downtown was different if compared with the other city at Texas like Dallas, Austin and Houston. In Austin, Dallas or Houston, there are so many skyscrapers buildings but not in Waco (see the picture above). The tallest building in Waco was Alico building.
Waco has so many interesting places, one of them is Cameron Park. The 416-acre park (the second largest park in United States) is located in the heart of Waco, next to downtown, situated on the Brazos and Bosque Rivers. The park has many point of interests, trail system, playground, disc golf arena, paddiling trails and many more facilities.
Beside the Cameron Park, Waco also has so many museums, like Dr Pepper Museum, Mayborn Museum Complex (located at Baylor University complex), Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Waco Mammoth Site and others. Waco also has an historic Suspension Bridge that build on 1879. According to Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau, Suspension Bridge is the centerpiece of present-day Waco and is surrounded by lovely city parks like Indian Spring Park (west bank) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (east bank).