Waco Fun Facts

Waco Fun Facts

Waco's first daily newspaper was the Waco Examiner, started in 1867.
Waco was known as the "Athens on the Brazos" during the 1880s because it was fast becoming the hub of education in the Lone Star State. In 1881, Paul Quinn College moved to Waco from Austin; in 1882, a city tax was levied to fund the Waco Public Schools; and in 1886 Waco University and Baylor University consolidated locations in Waco.
The invention of Dr Pepper at the Old Corner Drug Store in Waco in 1885 preceded the invention of Coca-Cola by one year.
William L. Prather of Waco, President of the University of Texas (UT) in 1900, often admonished his students that "the eyes of Texas are upon you." Inspired by these words, student John Long Sinclair, wrote lyrics to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad" that eventually became the school song for UT. The song was first sung on May 16, 1903.
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