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McLennan County was established by the
Texas legislature on January 22, 1850, and named for Neil McLennan,
one of the early settlers. The county government was organized in
August 1850 with Waco as its county seat.
The completion of the Waco Suspension
Bridge in 1870 provided a reliable means of crossing the Brazos River
and made Waco a major center for trade. The Waco and Northwestern
Railroad passed through Waco in 1872, laying track from Bremond to
Ross and thereby giving McLennan County access to markets through the
Houston and Texas Central.
Cotton was the dominant feature of
McLennan County agriculture from the 1880s to the 1950s. As the cotton
market recovered after Reconstruction, farmers new to the McLennan
County area began cultivating the black, waxy soil in the eastern
sections and found that cotton grew well there.
Cities and Towns
China Spring (unincorporated)
Elm Mott (unincorporated)
Hewitt Lacy Lakeview
Mart McGregor Moody
Ross Valley Mills
Waco West Woodway
Bosque County (northwest)
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