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Family Getaway Weekend in Waco
If the only things you know of Waco are Baylor, Branch Davidians, and the signs you pass on I-35 on the way to Austin, get ready for a surprise. About 95 miles from Dallas, this city of about 120,000 residents is both pretty — it sits on the Brazos River and is full of green spaces — and pretty interesting, with museums for a wide array of interests, a noted zoo, and even important prehistoric finds. Booming in the late 1800s thanks to its position along the Chisholm Trail, Waco can claim the first suspension bridge built across the Brazos (opened in 1870), the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi River (the still-standing Alico Building), and the oldest continually-operating university in the state (Baylor, founded in 1886.) It's also the birthplace of Texas' pride and joy, Dr. Pepper, the oldest major soft drink in the U.S. –by Sandra Ramani
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