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McLennan Court House
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
Bellmead Beverly Hills Bruceville-Eddy
China Spring (unincorporated) Crawford
Elm Mott (unincorporated) Gholson Golinda
Hallsburg Hewitt Lacy Lakeview Leroy Lorena Mart McGregor Moody
Ross Valley Mills Waco West Woodway
June 2017: News: WARREN, ROOT, STOWAY - Transcribed by Robin Line; Biographies: ANDERSON
May 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
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