Last week I was able to spend a day visiting Waco, TX; i.e. the home of Fixer Upper! Months beforehand when I made plans to attend my good friend’s wedding, I knew that it wasn’t an option for me to drive from Dallas to College Station without making a stopover in the city that has become popular to visit thanks to the work of Chip and Joanna Gaines. While there, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Magnolia Market at the Silos even if it was raining most of the time, and afterwards I also visited the old, historical Waco Suspension Bridge and stopped by the Dr. Pepper Museum! Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip! 🙂
I arrived early in the morning, about 45 minutes after the market had opened, so luckily it wasn’t as busy and I was easily able to walk in and look around without feeling too crowded in. There were a lot of beautiful home decorations that showcased Joanna’s design style (I call it farmhouse chic), but unfortunately I didn’t buy anything as I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of transporting large items on the plane back home. Thank goodness they have an online store! 😀
The line for the bakery was a little too long for me so I didn’t go in, but I had to take a picture of the exterior because I love the styling!
One happy visitor all the way from Northern California! I managed to get a picture taken between breaks from all the wind and rain. 🙂
I loved all the space present on the grounds where you could just walk around and appreciate the beauty of the gardens, restored silos, and restored grain barn. I don’t know if they would rent out the grounds as a wedding venue, but if they did it would be pretty awesome. 😉
Eventually it was time to head out to see other parts of Waco, and on the way I pulled into a large public parking lot that gave me a great view of the ALICO building, the tallest building in Waco. It was built in 1910, and Fixer Upper shows pictures of it all the time on the show which is why I pulled over for a look.
Afterwards, I went off to see the Waco Suspension Bridge. It was the first bridge to cross the Brazos River and was opened in 1870. At the time, it was the longest single span suspension bridge in the world. Measuring 475 feet, it enabled businesses to safely transport goods and cattle over the Brazos River in a timely fashion rather than use the river ferries. Standing before the bridge is a large group of sculptures called “Branding the Brazos”, which features cowboys herding longhorn cattle towards the bridge.
Luckily, the sun came out and the winds blew the rain clouds away later on in the day, so I was able to get a nice panorama of the bridge. 🙂
Between the rain during my first visit to the bridge and the sun fully coming out during my second visit, I went to the Dr. Pepper Museum. My dad really loves to drink Dr. Pepper which is why I decided to go in the first place, and I’m glad I did because it was really interesting! The museum is not associated with the official Dr. Pepper company and only charges $10 for admission, so it’s a pretty good price to see a lot of cool Dr. Pepper history.
Dr. Pepper originated in Waco in the 1880’s from pharmacist Charles Alderton (I honestly didn’t know that Dr. Pepper had been around for so long!), and the museum building above is actually where they used to bottle Dr. Pepper for a while in the early 1900’s.
Above are some examples of the cool Dr. Pepper advertisements they used to run over the past century.
They even had a horse statue covered in Dr. Pepper bottle caps with shredded Dr. Pepper cans making up the mane and tail. It definitely was one of my favorite pieces in the museum.
The museum was spread out between two buildings, and above is the second building with neon Dr. Pepper lights that I believe originated from the Dallas production warehouse.
I noticed that a lot of the advertisements from the early years of Dr. Pepper pushed that there were three times that were best to drink Dr. Pepper: at 10, 2, and 4. Here you can see where they showcase this idea in the museum’s large Dr. Pepper plant diorama.
And that concludes my day trip to Waco while I was in Texas last weekend! Hopefully I’ll be able to visit again as there were several other places I wanted to go to in town that I couldn’t because of time constraints. Waco definitely seemed like a cool up and coming city, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to stop by! In the future if I’m ever able to move back to Texas, Waco for sure will be on my list of possible cities to move to. 🙂