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The story of Waco's modern era starts with a disaster and ends with rebirth. In 1953, a record-setting tornado swept through the city's downtown, killing 114 people and destroying a century's worth of original buildings. From the devastation came an ambitious urban renewal project, an explosion in suburban developments, and several cycles of waning and revitalization in the downtown area. Baylor University's steady growth in academic excellence and national exposure kept the city on the map. The images in this book detail the milestones and memories of a proud city founded in the 1840s, and they highlight achievements both personal and civic.
ISBN: 9781467115520
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of Modern America
Images: 147
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Eric S. Ames is curator of Digital Collections and an adjunct professor in the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University. He is the author of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America: Waco (2009) and is active in Waco's cultural heritage preservation community. This volume features many never-before-seen images drawn from sources like the Bill S. Foster Archives, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, and the author's own collection.
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