There are 6 counties in the Heart of Texas region of Texas.
Visiting the Heart of Texas Region
Bellmead, Hewitt, Lacy Lakeview, Marlin, Mexia, Robinson, Waco,
Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone and McLennan.
18 - Bosque County: Meridian.
73 - Falls County: Marlin.
Marlin is located in the
heart of Central Texas, 20 miles south-east of Waco and around 100 miles from both Dallas
81 - Freestone County: Fairfield.
109 - Hill County: Hillsboro.
Hillsboro offers small town
appeal with intimate shops and cafés in the historic downtown district, while bustling
with the growth of larger businesses, outlet shopping, restaurants and hotels along
Interstate Highway 35.
Hillsboro is conveniently located 50 miles south of Fort Worth, 55
miles south-west of Dallas, and less than 30 miles north of Waco.
147 - Limestone County: Groesbeck.
Mexia is named after General
José Antonio Mexía, a Hispanic hero for the Republic of Texas Army during the Texas
Revolution. Located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and State Highways 14 and 171,
Mexia is about 40 miles east of Waco.
Parker State Park:
Fort Parker, 7 miles south of Mexia or 6 miles north of Groesbeck on State Highway 14,
offers camping, picnicking, swimming in an unsupervised swimming area, fishing, bird
watching, hiking, biking, canoeing and nature study.
Old Fort Parker:
On May 19th 1836, 9 year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was taken captive by a band of Indians.
Adopted by a Comanche family, the girld grew up to marry Chief Peta Nocona and later gave
birth to the last great Warrior Chief of the Comanches, Quanah Parker.
155 - McLennan County: Waco.
Hewitt was named after a
director of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas (MKT or Katy) Railroad, although it was John
Allison Warren who bought the township that developed around the rail station; naming the
first street Warren and the second street Johnson (his wifes maiden name).
Lacy Lakeview lies to the
north of Waco. Located in central McLennan County, Lacy Lakeview was named after William
David Lacy; who initiated the growth of the farming community by selling lots, near the
present-day intersection of Craven Street with Interstate Highway 35, during the 1880's.
Robinson traces its
beginnings to the settlement of the Robinson brothers, John and Levi, who began farming in
the area around 1852. Known originally as Robinsonville, the city was incorporated in 1955
under the name of Robinson.
Robinson Chamber of
Waco is situated on the I-35
corridor between Dallas and Austin. Named after the Huaco Indians, the first mention of
the area came from an expedition led by Athanase de Mésières, a Frenchman; during a trek
up the Brazos River, in 1772.
Waco - Heart of Texas:
Moderate in size and price but large in heart, Waco offers an incredible selection of
museums and attractions, beautiful recreational sites, and great shopping and dining.
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