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Release Date: July 23, 2003

"Day Tour Offered of Waco, Salado Aug. 2

A one-day tour for Texas history enthusiasts interested in the lore of the Texas Rangers and the historical sites of Waco and Salado is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 2, in a travel program sponsored by Angelo State University's Division of Continuing Studies.

The "Historical Tour to Waco" is scheduled 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2. Cost is $79 per person and includes transportation, museum admissions and instruction. Stops will include the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Waco Suspension Bridge and Salado.

First stop will be the Texas Ranger museum in Waco, Texas. Housed at an old fort site, the hall of fame memorializes 30 Texas Rangers who gave their lives in the line of duty or who served with great distinction. The facility also houses artifacts and portraits of historically known Rangers, including Jack Hays, Deaf Smith, Frank Hamer and M.T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas as well as modern Rangers, such as Medal of Valor recipient Stan Guffey, who died in the line of duty.

The next stop will be at the Waco Suspension Bridge. The first span across the Brazos River, the 475-foot Waco Suspension Bridge opened to horse-drawn wagon traffic in 1869. Requiring specialized materials and nearly three million bricks, the bridge was a spectacular engineering feat for its time. The Waco Suspension Bridge triggered Waco's transformation from frontier outpost to city.

Participants then will travel down Interstate 35 to visit the popular tourist town of Salado. Known for its antique shops, art galleries and clothing/gift shops, Salado is a historical town located on one of the most important trails from South Texas to the northern states. Salado Creek provided water to the earlier travelers and settlers. After lunch on their own, participants can spend the afternoon exploring the Salado shopping district.

Joyce Gray, tour developer and course instructor, said, "Texas is rich in history and heritage. One-day trips like this to Waco and Salado are great ways to help explore the history that lies in our backyard. Local tour guides bring the history of the region to life. The best part is that participants can sit back and relax as all the arrangements are taken care of for them."

The tour will leave from the ASU Continuing Studies Building, 2501 W. Avenue N, at 6 a.m. Aug. 2 and return by 8 p.m. To register or to seek additional information, contact the ASU Division of Continuing Studies at (325) 942-2339.