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Old 09-25-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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It's sad how Waco was once around the same size as Dallas and they were considered sister cities. If the tornado would've never hit Waco, what do you guys think would've happen to the city???
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Who knows...?

Houston & Galveston were at one point in history "sister cities" too.

Some say Galveston could have easily been the next NYC had the great hurricane of 1900 not completely leveled the island, back then it was known as the "Wall Street of the South". Galveston was a major port of entry for immigrants & commercial trade. I guess history repeats itself though because Galveston was recently on its way to becoming a major tourist destination & desirable place to live until Ike hit.
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Old 09-25-2008, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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The divergence happened well before the tornado. IIRC the railroad came to Dallas instead of Waco, and the rest was history.
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Old 09-26-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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The divergence happened well before the tornado. IIRC the railroad came to Dallas instead of Waco, and the rest was history.
Yes that is true, but the tornado was the final nail in the coffin!
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:20 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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It's hard to say where Waco would be now. That's interesting that Waco actually was a sister city of Dallas at one point in history. Where would it be population-wise and area-wise?? Probably larger than it is now, but not larger than Dallas.
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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It's hard to say where Waco would be now. That's interesting that Waco actually was a sister city of Dallas at one point in history. Where would it be population-wise and area-wise?? Probably larger than it is now, but not larger than Dallas.
I think Waco would be something around the size of Austin.
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:15 PM
 
Location: 77059
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Maybe I'm off base here, but I thought that sister cities and twin cities were two completely different and maybe unrelated things. I think I've seen obscure overseas towns as sister cities with large US cities, and vice versa.

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Some say Galveston could have easily been the next NYC had the great hurricane of 1900 not completely leveled the island, back then it was known as the "Wall Street of the South".
As far as Galveston goes, being that it could've been like NYC, it was called the ''Ellis Island of the West,'' and "Wall Street of the Southwest":

GALVESTON.COM: Galveston, Texas History

I'm guessing Atlanta was the ''Wall Street of the South.'' Minor point anyhow.
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Maybe I'm off base here, but I thought that sister cities and twin cities were two completely different and maybe unrelated things. I think I've seen obscure overseas towns as sister cities with large US cities, and vice versa.



As far as Galveston goes, being that it could've been like NYC, it was called the ''Ellis Island of the West,'' and "Wall Street of the Southwest":

GALVESTON.COM: Galveston, Texas History

I'm guessing Atlanta was the ''Wall Street of the South.'' Minor point anyhow.
Even after the tornado, I felt Waco could've still been prosperous but the city didn't attempt to rebuild agian.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:49 AM
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Location: Houston-Galveston-Sugar Land MSA
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Waco is on the rise, new developers redoing downtown, ohh I cant wait.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Waco is on the rise, new developers redoing downtown, ohh I cant wait.
I agree totally, but the city needs to encourage these developers to concentrate on redoing the rest of the city as well.......Waco keeps spreading out towards the southwest and west, can you believe McGregor is basically a suburb of Waco now? What else can encourage development inside Loop 340/Hwy 6? Downtown is a smart choice to do first, next they should work on the 17th St., 18th St., 25th St., 26th St., La Salle Ave., Elm Ave, and Waco Dr (25th Street eastward) corridors!
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