In Waco, there are several things on my tourist bucket list. I'll try to be brief.
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame
|This one bears the Texas Ranger Star logo on the engraved grip.|
|One of the first Texas Ranger Badges|
|One of the earliest revolver models.|
I learned last week about a marker along the roadside in Gilsland, Louisiana where Bonnie and Clyde met their death at the hands of Texas Rangers. Wayne promised me that we'd go by there sometime.
Waco Suspension Bridge
|Waco Suspension Bridge Over The Brazos River|
Dr Pepper Museum
Dr Pepper is my soft drink and I am thrilled to learn that we can see the original bottling facility here in Waco.
|Dr Pepper... so misunderstood. It's the most original soft drink ever in the whole wide world. Dr. Pepper.|
|Some of the very first Dr. Pepper bottles|
|Wayne studied the evolution of the containers.|
|Looking down into the original Dr Pepper Artisan well located inside the building.|
|The first bottles were corked by hand.|
|Dr Pepper bottling equipment|
|Wayne reminisced about which bottles he remembers.|
|Old dispensers, many I remember seeing in local stores where I grew up.|
|The Dr Pepper delivery truck|
|Another "original"... 1930's soda shop.|
|The building in it's heyday.|
|The building today. With me in the picture of course. |
Mammoth SiteAnother place of interest which we didn't get to see was the site the National Park Service refers to as "the nation's first and only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Pleistocene mammoths". It began in 1978 when a mammoth bone was discovered along the bank of the Bosque River. Since that time, the remains of 24 mammoths and a camel have been uncovered.
We're not finished in Waco... there's another story for another post.