Welcome to the website for the McLennan County Historical Commission!

This commission was created to provide leadership and coordinating services in the field of archeological, historical, and cultural preservation focusing on McLennan County, Texas.

We are charged with the duty of implementing and maintaining programs, services and projects aimed at promoting, restoring, and preserving historically significant information, structures, sites, and landmarks in this county.

We welcome your interest and invite you to learn more about our programs.

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Katy Park Revisited

Katy Ballpark in Waco, Texas, holds a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century. Originally established in 1905, the ballpark became a central hub for minor league baseball in Waco, hosting various teams over the decades, including the Waco Pirates. The Pirates, a notable team in the Big State League, brought excitement…

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Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Historical Marker

Historical Marker 21ML02 Disclaimer: Texas Historical Commission has approved the manufacture of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Historical Marker (Job #21ML02). Its delivery date is uncertain. Nonetheless, the marker’s inscription is official and is provided below for the benefit of the Gholson community. PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH IN 1872, A SMALL GATHERING OF FORMERLY ENSLAVED…

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Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Information

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1873 Bird's Eye View of Waco, TX
The Crash at Crush: On September 15, 1896, two locomotives hit each other at full speed as a publicity stunt in the newly created "town" of Crush, Texas, in McLennan County.
The Waco Tornado: Still one of the deadliest tornadoes on record, the Waco Tornado ripped through Waco on May 11, 1953, taking 114 lives. Image courtesy The Texas Collection, Baylor University.
The Historic Waco Suspension Bridge shown here as it looked.
Historic McLennan County Courthouse

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