Waco History Podcast https://wacohistorypodcast.com Telling Waco's known and unknown stories Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:49:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wacohistorypodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/mic-150x150.jpg Waco History Podcast https://wacohistorypodcast.com 32 32 The Waco Tornado https://wacohistorypodcast.com/tornado/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/tornado/#respond Sat, 08 Jun 2019 04:18:51 +0000 https://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=358 Read moreThe Waco Tornado]]>

In this episode

In one afternoon, 114 people lost their lives and Downtown Waco’s skyline was forever changed. Eric Ames, Assistant Director for Marketing & Communication for the Baylor University Libraries and ITS, walks us through the day the 1953 tornado touched down. We talk about the damage the storm caused, stories of hope in the aftermath, and ways the tornado’s effects are still felt today.
 
You can find Eric’s book on Waco on Amazon, and most places books are found.
 
Be sure and follow Waco Walks to learn about other historic walks in town. 
 
The photo in the album artwork for this episode was used with permission by the Texas Collection at Baylor University. The Texas Collection is Baylor University’s oldest special collections library and serves as the University Archive that collects, preserves, and provides access to materials on the history, heritage and culture of Texas. Learn more on their website.

About the podcast

The Waco History Podcast is co-hosted by Randy Lane and Dr. Stephen Sloan. Randy Lane is the great-grandson of Waco architect Roy E. Lane. He’s also a former American Forces Network Radio DJ and is currently the host of the High Performance Leadership and Charity Champions Podcasts.
 
Stephen heads the Oral History Institute at Baylor University. He’s authored several books and created and developed WacoHistory.org, a website and free mobile app for learning more about Waco’s history.
 
Together they’re telling the known and unknown stories of Waco’s past.  
 
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The Brazos: Waco’s River https://wacohistorypodcast.com/brazos/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/brazos/#respond Sat, 11 May 2019 00:21:36 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=351 Read moreThe Brazos: Waco’s River]]>

On this episode:

Dr. Kenna Lang Archer, author of “Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River,” joins us to talk about Waco’s most prominent river. We talk about its history all over the state, and the many attempts to tame it.

Check out Dr. Archer’s website at kennalangarcher.com.

You can find Kenna’s book on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

Special thanks to ACT Music for letting us play “Brazos River Breakdown” at the end of this episode. It’s by the Nils Landgren Funk Unit from the album ACT 9455-2 License to Funk.

About the Waco History Podcast

The Waco History Podcast is co-hosted by Randy Lane and Dr. Stephen Sloan. Randy Lane is the great-grandson of Waco architect Roy E. Lane. He’s also a former American Forces Network Radio DJ and is currently the host of the High Performance Leadership and Charity Champions Podcasts. 

Stephen heads the Oral History Institute at Baylor University. He’s authored several books and created and developed WacoHistory.org, a website and free mobile app for learning more about Waco’s history. 

Together they’re telling the known and unknown stories of Waco’s past.  

Find out more at wacohistorypodcast.com.

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Waco During the Civil War https://wacohistorypodcast.com/civil-war/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/civil-war/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 22:12:51 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=343 Read moreWaco During the Civil War]]>
Dr. Robert Elder, Assistant Professor of History at Baylor University, joins us about life in Texas leading into the Civil War. We also talk about Sam Houston’s fight to keep Texas in the Union.
 
Dr. Elder specializes in the American South, especially religion, slavery, and intellectual history. His research focuses on the cultural, intellectual, and religious history of the American South in the 19th century.
Learn more about Dr. Elder on his Baylor faculty page.
 
About the podcast:
 
The Waco History Podcast is co-hosted by Randy Lane and Dr. Stephen Sloan. Randy Lane is the great-grandson of Waco architect Roy E. Lane. He’s also a former American Forces Network Radio DJ and is currently the host of the High Performance Leadership and Charity Champions Podcasts.
 
Stephen heads the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University. He’s authored several books and created and developed WacoHistory.org, a website and free mobile app for learning more about Waco’s history. 
 
Together they’re telling the known and unknown stories of Waco’s past.  Learn more at wacohistorypodcast.com
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Stephen on Downtown Depot https://wacohistorypodcast.com/downtown-depot/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/downtown-depot/#respond Fri, 01 Mar 2019 23:11:13 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=333 Read moreStephen on Downtown Depot]]>
On today’s episode, Stephen goes on Downtown Depot with Austin Meek.
 
On our last podcast we did a collaboration with a couple of other Waco podcasters: Garrett Simmons of the Wacoans Podcast and Austin Meek of Downtown Depot. Well, Austin recently had Stephen on his show. They talk about how the Wacoan History Podcast got started, the Waco History App, and, because it just won Best Picture at the Oscars, Green Book locations around Waco.
 
If you aren’t already subscribed, I highly recommend finding Downtown Depot in your podcatcher of choice. Or listen to the show on the first and third Fridays of the month at 11:30 AM on 103.3 KWBU. And now, here’s Austin and Stephen.
 
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East Waco: Past, Present, and Future https://wacohistorypodcast.com/east-waco/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/east-waco/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:17:36 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=325 Read moreEast Waco: Past, Present, and Future]]>

East Waco is a side of Waco that many locals don’t know much about. With recent development in the area, we thought it was a good time to put together a Waco podcasting “dream team” to learn more about where this part of town has been and where it’s going. Randy and Stephen welcome local podcasters Austin Meek and Garrett Simmons into the studio to discuss the past, present, and future of East Waco. Austin hosts Downtown Depot, a podcast and radio show produced in Waco. Garrett and his wife host The Wacoans Podcast, and show about people, news, and events in Waco.

Immediately following the round-table discussion, listen to interviews with people who live in and work in the East Waco. First is Carla Dotson, Owner and Operator of Boardwalk on Elm, a favorite food truck in East Waco. And lastly, we talk with Doreen Ravenscroft about the Doris Miller Memorial that stands on the East banks of the Brazos.

More about Downtown Depot here
More about The Wacoans Podcast here.

Support the show here.

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Prehistoric Waco: 200 Millions Years Ago https://wacohistorypodcast.com/prehistoric-waco/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/prehistoric-waco/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 02:19:49 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=317 Read morePrehistoric Waco: 200 Millions Years Ago]]>

In this episode:

Millions of years before anyone lived here, nature conditioned Waco as a major crossroads. Dr. Joe Yelderman of Baylor’s Department of Geosciences tells us how geology and natural history played a role in shaping Waco.

Learn more about the mammoths here.

About the podcast:

The Waco History Podcast is co-hosted by Randy Lane and Dr. Stephen Sloan. Randy Lane is the great-grandson of Waco architect Roy E. Lane. He’s also a former American Forces Network Radio DJ and is currently the host of the High Performance Leadership and Charity Champions Podcasts. 

Stephen heads the Oral History Institute at Baylor University. He’s authored several books and created and developed WacoHistory.org, a website and free mobile app for learning more about Waco’s history. 

Together they’re telling the known and unknown stories of Waco’s past.  

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Elvis in Waco https://wacohistorypodcast.com/elvis/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/elvis/#respond Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:31:26 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=297 Read moreElvis in Waco]]>

Before Elvis was Elvis, Radio DJ Eddie Fadal befriended the entertainer. Elvis was stationed at Fort Hood in the late 50s. He traveled up to Waco almost every weekend to spend time with Fadal and his family. Eddie’s daughter Janice talks to us about growing up with Elvis. We talk about where he went, what he did, his favorite foods and more!

Interested in where The King spent his nights in Waco? Stay there when you visit! The Elvis House is listed on AirBnB, so support our guest and stay where Elvis stayed.

More info at https://www.theelvishouse.com. 
Book via AirBnB here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/20571659

Like the podcast? Support future episodes here: https://anchor.fm/waco-history-podcast/support

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Haunted Waco 2: Ghost Hunting https://wacohistorypodcast.com/haunted-waco-2/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/haunted-waco-2/#respond Tue, 18 Dec 2018 02:02:33 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=287 Read moreHaunted Waco 2: Ghost Hunting]]>

On this episode, Haunted Waco, Part 2. On episode 5, Brad Turner laid the groundwork by telling us some of Waco’s most well-known supernatural stories. On this episode, Paranormal Investigator Cindy Little tells us about searching for ghosts in Waco.

Find Cindy online at wacoghosts.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/wacoghosts

haunted couch

As promised in the podcast, here’s a picture of Waco’s infamous haunted couch. It lives at the Waco Consignment and Furniture Showroom on Highway 6 and Bosque Blvd. It’s been known to make cabinets and drawers open on their own and it causes cell phones and other electronics to go haywire.

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College Football and Murder: The Battle of the Brazos https://wacohistorypodcast.com/battle-of-the-brazos/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/battle-of-the-brazos/#respond Tue, 27 Nov 2018 01:48:56 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=240 Read moreCollege Football and Murder: The Battle of the Brazos]]>

Also known as the “Battle of the Brazos”, a 1926 football game between Baylor and Texas A&M went from rowdy, to riot, to murder. Author TG Webb spent years putting together a book on the dispute. He gives us background on how it happened, and talks about potential suspects.

From the book’s description:

During halftime of the October 30, 1926, football game between Baylor University and the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, a massive riot erupted between the two student bodies that resulted in the death of Texas A&M senior cadet Charles Sessums. Though various newspaper articles have chronicled this infamous “cold case” over the last ninety years, none has placed the riot in its proper context, nor has any official determination ever identified the person responsible for Sessums’s death.

T. G. Webb has pored over related historic documents, including contemporary newspaper accounts, records in the library archives of both universities, personal correspondence of the victim’s family, and the original report of the Pinkerton detective hired by Texas A&M to investigate the incident.

In Battle of the Brazos, Webb examines and explains the riot, its origins, and its aftermath, untangling many enduring myths that grew up around the event over the years to establish the definitive record. He allows readers to witness the heart-breaking arrival of Cadet Sessums’s parents at the Waco train station as they came to receive the body of their deceased son, and he places readers amid the swirl of charges, recriminations, and allegations that clouded the atmosphere at both Texas A&M and Baylor. Most significantly, Webb provides previously unpublished indications of a cover-up designed to shield the killer’s identity from public knowledge.

This “historical whodunit” is a must-read for sports fans and historians, devotees of “leather-helmet” football, local history buffs, and Texas football enthusiasts alike.

Get the book at tgwebb.com

Learn more about Waco history at wacohistory.org

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Waco’s Legal Red-Light District: The Reservation https://wacohistorypodcast.com/reservation/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/reservation/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 02:45:23 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=229 Read moreWaco’s Legal Red-Light District: The Reservation]]>

Randy and Stephen sit down with Amy Balderach to talk about “The Reservation.” During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Waco was the 2nd city in the United States to have a legal red-light district.

From wacohistory,org:

Though not uncommon to late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century cities, red-light districts were regarded as areas of ill repute where madams and prostitutes worked outside the law. Yet in 1889, Waco—a city lauded for its multitude of educational institutions and churches—became only the second city in the United States to legalize such an area. This district, known as the Reservation, or sometimes as Two-Street, brought in thousands of dollars of revenue to the city while serving as a source of controversy for many years.

Learn more by reading the full entry here.

The Waco History Podcast is co-hosted by Randy Lane and Dr. Stephen Sloan. Randy Lane is the great-grandson of Waco architect Roy E. Lane. He’s also a former American Forces Network Radio DJ and is currently the host of the High Performance Leadership and Charity Champions Podcasts. 

Stephen heads the Oral History Institute at Baylor University. He’s authored several books and created and developed WacoHistory.org, a website and free mobile app for learning more about Waco’s history. 

Together they’re telling the known and unknown stories of Waco’s past.  

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Haunted Waco: The Best Waco Scary Stories https://wacohistorypodcast.com/haunted-waco/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/haunted-waco/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:25:56 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=207 Read moreHaunted Waco: The Best Waco Scary Stories]]>

Local Waco Folklore Expert Brad Turner joins Stephen and Randy to talk about Waco’s most popular supernatural stories.

Brad Turner is a professor at McLennan Community College. He’s also the author of several books including, “Lust, Violence, Religion: Life in Historic Waco.” It’s available here: http://bit.ly/turnerwacobook.

About the podcast:

The Waco History Podcast is co-hosted by Randy Lane and Dr. Stephen Sloan. Randy Lane is the great-grandson of Waco architect Roy E. Lane. He’s also a former American Forces Network Radio DJ and is currently the host of the High Performance Leadership and Charity Champions Podcasts. 

Stephen heads the Oral History Institute at Baylor University. He’s authored several books and created and developed WacoHistory.org, a website and free mobile app for learning more about Waco’s history. 

Together they’re telling the known and unknown stories of Waco’s past.  

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Waco During WWI https://wacohistorypodcast.com/wwi/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/wwi/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 14:07:24 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=176 Read moreWaco During WWI]]>

On this episode: Waco during World War I, told by the people who lived through it. Stephen brings his co-worker, Steven Sielaff, Senior Editor and Collection Manager for Baylor’s Institute for Oral History, to guide us through how the war changed Waco.

Find out more about “The Great War” at baylor.edu/oralhistory/greatwar

Check out Waco History articles on World War I:

Camp MacArthur: http://www.wacohistory.org/items/show/48

Rich Field Army Air Base: http://www.wacohistory.org/items/show/187

Map of military installations in Waco during WWI.

Sewer map recovered of Camp MacArthur

Camp MacArthur Sewer Map
Courtesy the Texas Collection, Baylor University

About the Podcast:

The Waco History Podcast is co-hosted by Randy Lane and Dr. Stephen Sloan. Randy Lane is the great-grandson of Waco architect Roy E. Lane. He’s also a former American Forces Network Radio DJ and is currently the host of the High Performance Leadership and Charity Champions Podcasts. 

Stephen heads the Oral History Institute at Baylor University. He’s authored several books and created and developed WacoHistory.org, a website and free mobile app for learning more about Waco’s history. 

Together they’re telling the known and unknown stories of Waco’s past. 

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Waco’s Hometown Hero: Doris Miller https://wacohistorypodcast.com/doris-miller/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/doris-miller/#respond Fri, 28 Sep 2018 05:40:59 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=155 Read moreWaco’s Hometown Hero: Doris Miller]]>

Randy and Stephen are joined by Dr. Mike Parrish to talk about Waco’s Hometown Hero: Doris Miller. Miller is best known for his heroic actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Dr. Parrish co-authored the book “Doris Miller, Pearl Harbor, and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement” and shares what he’s found about Miller in this episode.

For the city of Waco, he’s an icon to bravery. Efforts started in 2015 to build a memorial to Miller in Waco near the Brazos River. Find out more here: dorismillermemorial.org.

Find out more about Doris Miller on his wacohistory.org page here: https://wacohistory.org/items/show/98

The Waco History Podcast is co-hosted by Randy Lane and Dr. Stephen Sloan. Randy Lane is the great-grandson of Waco architect Roy E. Lane. He’s also a former American Forces Network Radio DJ and is currently the host of the High Performance Leadership and Charity Champions Podcasts. 

Stephen heads the Oral History Institute at Baylor University. He’s authored several books and created and developed WacoHistory.org, a website and free mobile app for learning more about Waco’s history. 

Together they’re telling the known and unknown stories of Waco’s past. 

Ready Doris Miller’s wacohistory.org page here: https://wacohistory.org/items/show/98

Find Mike’s book here: http://a.co/d/a5o0gB9

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Waco’s Photographer: Fred Gildersleeve https://wacohistorypodcast.com/gildersleeve/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/gildersleeve/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 02:43:55 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=47

Show Notes

Stephen and Randy welcome Geoff Hunt, Audio and Visual Curator for the Texas Collection of Baylor University, to talk about prolific photographer Fred A. Gildersleeve. Gildersleeve was Waco’s go-to photographer in the early 1900s.

Learn more about Gildersleeve on this wacohistory.org entry here.

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What is the Waco History Podcast? https://wacohistorypodcast.com/episode-1/ https://wacohistorypodcast.com/episode-1/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 06:29:36 +0000 http://wacohistorypodcast.com/?p=30

Show Notes

In this episode, Randy Lane and Dr. Stephen Sloan introduce themselves and talk about why they wanted to start the podcast. Randy recounts an old legend that his great-grandfather once boxed with Teddy Roosevelt. Stephen does his best to bust the myth.

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