Waco History Podcast

Waco History Podcast

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Over 100 years ago, my great grandfather, Roy E. Lane made his mark on Waco by designing the ALICO Building, Hippodrome, and other well-known landmarks. With the help of my co-host, Dr. Stephen Sloan of Baylor’s Institute for Oral History, I’m learning about Waco’s known and unknown past. I’m Randy Lane, and this is the Waco History Podcast. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/waco-history-podcast/support


Prohibition in Waco: Live Podcast Recording
Dec 17, 2019 • 46 min
On this episode: For our second-ever live podcast recording, The Dr. Pepper Museum hosted us to talk about Prohibition in the South. The event kicked off their Prohibition exhibit: Spirited. Catch the exhibit until January 7th at the Dr. Pepper Museum. We…
Waco’s First Troll: William Cowper Brann
Dec 4, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode: Bradley T. Turner returns to the studio to talk about William Cowper Brann: Waco’s first troll. Brann was a provocative writer born in 1855. His highly opinionated style made him an infamous figure in Waco. So much so that it ended up…
Waco’s Most Jailed Doctor: Charles Lemly
Nov 11, 2019 • 22 min
On this episode: Randy and Stephen talk with Dr. Andrew Oestreich, a local chiropractor, about another well-know Waco chiropractor: Dr. Charles Lemly. In that time, practicing Chiropractic wasn’t licensed medicine. Charles ended up in jail more than 60…
The Crash at Crush: Waco’s deadliest publicity stunt
Oct 7, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode: In our first ever live podcast recording from Pinewood Public House, Author Mike Cox talks with us about the deliberate, high-speed, head-on collision between two locomotives. His recently published book tells the story of American’s…
The White Primary: Waco History Podcast
Aug 26, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode: Dr. Katherine K. Walters of the Texas State Historical Association tells us about the 100-year-old Waco court case that sparked civil rights reforms around the country. Follow the TSHA on Facebook at:…
Historic Homes Short: The Austin Estate
Jul 30, 2019 • 2 min
Listen as Historic Waco Homes Expert Dr. Ken Hafertepe talks about the Austin Estate located at 2114 Austin Ave. Book the Austin Estate for your next trip to Waco at austinestatewaco.com. —- Support this podcast:…
Historic Waco Homes
Jul 10, 2019 • 64 min
In this episode: Dr. Ken Haftertepe takes us on a tour of Waco’s famous houses and lesser-known homes. Dr. H just released his book: Historic Homes of Waco, Texas. In this tour of 120 historic homes in Waco, Texas, Dr. Hafertepe gives readers a glimpse of…
The Waco Tornado
Jun 8, 2019 • 62 min
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…
The Brazos: Waco’s River
May 10, 2019 • 62 min
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.…
Waco During the Civil War
Apr 11, 2019 • 41 min
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…
Stephen on Downtown Depot
Mar 1, 2019 • 23 min
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…
East Waco: Past, Present, and Future
Feb 20, 2019 • 99 min
Support the show here: https://anchor.fm/waco-history-podcast/support 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…
Prehistoric Waco: 200 Million Years Ago
Feb 12, 2019 • 46 min
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…
Elvis in Waco
Jan 21, 2019 • 38 min
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…
Haunted Waco 2: Ghost Hunting with Cindy Little
Dec 17, 2018 • 57 min
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. —-…
College Football and Murder
Nov 26, 2018 • 61 min
A 1926 football game between Baylor and Texas A&M went from rowdy, to riot, to murder. Author T.G. Webb spent years putting together a book on the dispute. He gives us background on how it happened, and talks about potential suspects. Get the book at…
Waco’s Legal Red-Light District: The Reservation
Nov 12, 2018 • 59 min
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…
Haunted Waco: Waco’s Supernatural Stories
Oct 17, 2018 • 69 min
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:…
Waco During World War I
Oct 4, 2018 • 81 min
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’s Hometown Hero: Doris Miller
Sep 27, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Waco’s Photographer: Fred A. Gildersleeve
Sep 14, 2018 • 73 min
Fred Gildersleeve captured some of Waco’s most iconic pictures —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/waco-history-podcast/support
What is the Waco History Podcast?
Sep 14, 2018 • 24 min
On the first episode of the Waco History Podcast, hosts Randy Lane, great-grandson of notable Waco architect Roy E. Lane, and Dr. Stephen Sloan of Baylor University’s Oral History Institute, introduce themselves and talk about the reasons for starting the…