Monday, January 24, 2011

Texas Monthly magazine consults Snobby Tours® for local history -- the facts and the folklore

Over the past year, Snobby Tours®, Inc. has been contacted several times about Waco history by Texas Monthly, Texas' premier magazine about what's happening culturally, politically, historically, and in entertainment venues all over the State.


We've done so much research into Waco's colourful past that it seems some folks think we are  experts about the place and the people who have been pivotal in Waco's creation and evolution -- from its being an outpost for the venerable Texas Rangers in the early 1800's to a "player" on a global scale having three institutions of higher education and numerous corporations doing international business -- including us!


Our love of our local history led Snobby Tours®, Inc. in 2003 to create our "Living History Tours of Waco" -- seven (7) city heritage tours focusing upon various periods in Waco's history, guided by costumed "historical re-enactors" who portray real people from Waco's past.  (More info on each of these tours can be found at www.snobbytours.com/wacotours.html)


Mollie Adams' gravestone in Oakwood Cemetery
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For example:  Did you know that the Waco Suspension Bridge was one of four prototypes created by the Roebling company which were the predecessors of the Brooklyn Bridge?


 . . . or that Waco, TX and Omaha, NE were the ONLY two cities in the US in the late 1800's which had legalized prostitution? Mollie Adams was THE Waco "madam", who owned a diamond necklace worth (at that time) $20,000 -- given to her by a "prominent Wacoan".


"Texas" Guinan
(reprinted with permission)
And, Wacoan "Texas" Guinan -- who, as a teenager, won a singing contest sponsored by Chicago department store magnate Marshall Field  -- and who later went on to be a famous vaudeville star and the FIRST female cowgirl in Hollywood silent films -- learned her "sharpshooting" skills while riding her horse and firing her 6-shooter at cans on the fence by the Waco's old train depot as she galloped by.  


Ever heard the phrase "Hello, Suckers!" ?  It was coined by "Texas" Guinan at her speakeasy in NYC during Prohibition.


We've uncovered so much about Waco's history so far -- both famous and infamous -- that we're becoming rather fond of saying that "we're discovering where all of the bodies are buried and where the skeletons in the closets are".  

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