1873 Bird's Eye View of Waco, TX

Image courtesy The Texas Collection, Baylor University.

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 originally looked.

Historic McLennan County Courthouse


Upcoming Lecture: “The Battle of San Jacinto and Beyond”

sanjacintoThe McLennan County Historical Commission presents the second of a series of Texas Independence lectures. This is a free lecture by Denton Florian, noted Texas historian.

Date: April 21, 2016
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Lee Lockwood Library and Museum
Address: 2801 W. Waco Drive, Waco, TX
Parking in west lot off 29th Street

Historical Highlights in McLennan County: A Bus Tour

April 30, 2016
9am – 3pm

kuykJoin the McLennan County Historical Commission on a bus tour of historical homes, sites, schools, and cemeteries in the western half of McLennan County. Board the bus in the parking lot at the American Bank near the intersection of Highway 84 and 6 in Woodway at 9 am. Cost of the tour is $32 and includes a box lunch at The Mansion in McGregor.

Tour will include:

  • Oldest brick home in Waco, built by two veterans of the Battle of San Jacinto
  • 1847 Brazos River Crossing of the Santa Fe Expedition
  • 1908 Prairie Chapel School and Museum near Crawford
  • Bluebonnet Ordinance Plant in Mcgregor
  • Kuykendall and Howard Houses in Moody
  • Flowers House in Eddy
  • Gravesite of Martin Irons, early labor union activist, in Bruceville Cemetery
  • Gravesite of San Jacinto veteran Joel Bundit Crain in Harris Creek Cemetery
  • Plus several other stops and drive-bys of important and interesting places!

Make reservations at 254-486-2366 or 254-772-6659. Tour day cell phone: 254-716-4065.


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, historic, 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.

Using the Power of History to Transform Lives. Preserving - Sharing - Connecting.