The Heart of Texas’ rich heritage includes African-Americans, Hispanics, Czechs, Germans, American Indians, and much more. Waco itself is named after the Waco Indians, and McLennan County is named after a native of Scotland, Neill McLennan, one of the first European settlers in the area. Our heritage is commemorated in the 300+ historical markers you can find in our county, along with many historic homes and sites.

Click here for a list of historic sites, points of interest, and attractions.


The Waco History App is a project of Baylor University that puts the history of Waco and McLennan County at your fingertips. Waco History lets you explore the people, places, and moments that have shaped our community’s history. Learn about the region through layered, map-based, multimedia presentations, use social media to share your stories, and experience curated historical tours of Central Texas.

A special thanks to the McLennan County Historical Commission, whose book, “Historic McLennan County: An Illustrated History” was used as a source for much of the information in this section.