Black Gospel Archive and Listening Center

The Black Gospel Archive (BGA) encompasses the Baylor Libraries’ numerous programs, projects, archival collections, and resources that identify, collect, preserve, and make accessible Black sacred materials. The BGA is designed with researching scholars in mind, including an insulated sound booth to allow for full immersion in the recordings made available by the project. An electronic keyboard, access to…

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Undercroft Social Club

*One-day Guest Passes are now available for anyone to purchase – experience the Undercroft Social Club, even if you’re not a member!* Hours: 10:30 am – 11 pm, Thu – Sat Members-only, BYOB, speakeasy-style social club in the heart of downtown Waco. Join us as a member, or visit with a one-day pass. Bring a…

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Cottonland Castle

In 1890, local stone contractor John Tennant decided to build a new home after striking a deal with banker J. W. Mann. The deal provided Tennant with a plot of land in exchange for a stone obelisk to mark the Mann plot in Oakwood Cemetery. Tennant took the leftover stone from his latest construction job…

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Hotel 1928 – Coming in 2023

Featuring a Moorish-style arched entry and ballroom large enough for hundreds, the building’s architecture remains largely unchanged since it opened in 1928. Its entry foyer still has decorative symbols of Freemasons and Shriners, including scimitars, double eagles, and the Masonic compass and square. The Grand Karem Shrine Building will undergo an extensive redevelopment. The completed…

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Waco Mammoth National Monument

Hours of Operation: Sunday to Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Guided Tour Fees  Adults: $5 Seniors (age 62+): $4 Military and Educators (with ID): $4 Students (ages 13-18 or with college ID): $4 Children (ages 4-12): $3 (under age 4): Free Note: National Park passes do…

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Waco Suspension Bridge & Cattle Drive Sculptures

Note: Renovation of portions of the bridge will cause the bridge itself to be closed to pedestrian traffic from time to time. Indian Spring Park will remain open. Waco’s Historic Suspension Bridge was the longest single-span suspension bridge west of the Mississippi when it was completed in 1870. The bridge was built with cable supplied…

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W. R. Poage Legislative Library

Over 100 years of congressional history is represented at Poage Library. Our collections are diverse in content and format. Manuscripts, audio-visual materials and electronic media illuminates the historical record of Congress. Aside from traditional political and biographical topics, subject strengths include agriculture, civil rights, and military and veterans affairs. Collections also supplement coursework in history,…

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Waco Hispanic Museum

After years of planning, the Waco Hispanic Museum opened to the public in September 2016. The goal of the museum is to preserve Hispanic culture and to promote Hispanic involvement in Waco and Central Texas. The collection consists largely of photos, news articles and clothing from ordinary residents who made up Waco’s Hispanic community.  

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Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum

Founded in 1968, the museum is the official hall of fame, museum, and archives for the Texas Rangers, the oldest law enforcement agency in the United States and a symbol of the American West. The museum also is the headquarters for Ranger Company F.

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Texas Collection

The Texas Collection is Baylor University’s oldest special collections library and serves as the University Archive that collects, preserves, and provides access to materials on the history, heritage and culture of Texas. Baylor University Campus: Carroll Library Building

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