Trail town[1] in Texas.[1]


Situated on the west bank of the Brazos River. Originally named Waco Village for the Waco Indian tribe who occupied the land when it was first explored in 1824 by Thomas M. Duke. First settled in 1849.[1]


The brick Waco Suspension Bridge was opened on January 7, 1870, enabling cattle herds to cross the Brazos River along the Chisholm Trail and Waco began to grow rapidly.[2]



ABOVE: The Waco Suspension Bridge, 1873.[3]



The Thirty-Ninth Star: On July 3, 1876, Waco resident Fred Bohanan and his family checked into the Capital City Hotel[4] in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.[5]


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01. Roadside History of Texas (March 1, 1994); Leon C. Metz; Mountain Press Publishing Company

02. Waco Suspension Bridge; Texas State Historical Association (retrieved June 12, 2016)

03. Waco Suspension Bridge; HistoricBrodges.org (retrieved June 12, 2016)

04. Maverick, The Thirty-Ninth Star (1958), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

05. The Conjectural Maverick, Maverick Trails

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