28 episodes

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

Waco History Podcast Randy Lane

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

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

    Waco and the Wild Wired West: The End of the Chisholm Trail

    Waco and the Wild Wired West: The End of the Chisholm Trail

    It's light as air, stronger than whiskey, and cheap as dirt! Stephen finally gets to talk about his love of...barbed wire. That's right! Learn about the technological innovation that changed the West and ended the Chisholm Trail. 

    Learn more at wacohistorypodcast.com/wired-west.


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    • 36 min
    Waco's Invisible Icon: Tom Wilson

    Waco's Invisible Icon: Tom Wilson

    On this episode:

    Zach Burke joins us to talk about Keep Waco Loud's upcoming podcast series on Wacoan and Iconic Music Producer Tom Wilson. Wilson was instrumental in developing the sounds of many famous artists throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Wilson’s legacy was cemented when he changed history by producing two songs now considered among the greatest in rock and music history. He also reunited a legendary band and acted as the man behind the curtain for a pop art icon’s music career. Tom Wilson worked with The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, and more.

    Subscribe to the Invisible Icon: The Tom Wilson Story so you won't miss the first episode on July 7th! You can also subscribe to Keep Waco Loud's podcast feed. Rogue Media Network produces the podcast. Check out all the other great shows they produce. 

    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.


    Find out more at wacohistorypodcast.com.
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    • 24 min
    Waco's brief world record: tree sitting

    Waco's brief world record: tree sitting

    No doubt kids back in the 1930s were as bored as kids during COVID-19! Their answer: tree sitting. That's right, kids in the 1930s tried to see how long they could stay up in a tree. One Wacoan, Jack Kellner Jr., briefly held the world record by staying in a tree off Homan Ave for more than 156 hours! Listen as Stephen and Randy take a trip into Waco's past:

    The Waco History Project has more on this moment in time:

    At 1 p.m. July 16, 1930, Frank Kellner Jr., 12, climbed the cottonwood tree in the backyard of his home, 2324 Homan Ave. — launching the craze in Waco.

    The News-Tribune reported that the youngster, a 94-pound Boy Scout who looked like he was "out to try anything for glory," had a support team made up of pals Sidney Carlisle, Keith Burns and Maynard G. Darden. The trio sent up three meals a day, made by Frank's enthusiastic mother, in a basket on a rope. Some even climbed up to his quilt-lined and book-laden platform to play a board game to help him while away the hours.

    Frank's father told reporters that he'd offered his son a $1 per day incentive for each day past the record Frank could make it.

    A day later, two female rivals took to the branches. Frances Coates, 11, and Mildred Fraser, 13, with a black and white kitten for company, climbed a tree at 502 Dallas St. and nestled among blankets and pillows stuffed in the crotches of a box elder. Their support team was composed of friends Mildred Yarbrough and Marie Stewart.

    Learn more at wacohistory.com/tree-sitting


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    • 11 min
    Waco's Legend Bearer: Helen Marie Taylor

    Waco's Legend Bearer: Helen Marie Taylor

    On this episode:

    Waco’s Legend Bearer: Helen Marie Taylor. She comes from a long line of Wacoans. Her family’s history in the area dates back before the Civil War. Miss Taylor talks about growing up in Waco, acting on Broadway and in Hollywood, and starting the Taylor Museum of Waco History. And now, join us on a trip into Waco’s past.

    Learn more about Helen Marie Taylor's Museum on WacoHistory.org

    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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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/waco-history-podcast/support

    • 53 min
    Waco's Voice: Jules Bledsoe

    Waco's Voice: Jules Bledsoe

    On this episode of the Waco History Podcast, Dr. Horace Maxile, Associate Professor of Music Theory at Baylor University, joins us to talk about Jules Bledsoe.

    Julius “Jules” Bledsoe’s extraordinary musical talent transcended racial discrimination of the nineteenth century and established him as a pioneer in American music.

    Bledsoe was born on December 29, 1897, to Henry and Jessie Bledsoe in Waco. Even as a young child, he loved to sing. Bledsoe first performed publicly at the age of five at New Hope Baptist Church, a church founded by his grandfather in 1866. In 1914, Bledsoe graduated from Central Texas Academy as valedictorian, and travelled to Marshall, Texas, to study liberal arts and music at Bishop College. After graduating magna cum laude in 1918, Bledsoe served as a civilian chaplain for an ROTC program at Virginia Union University in Richmond from 1918 to 1919.

    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.

    Find out more at wacohistorypodcast.com.

    Learn more about Waco's history at wacohistory.org.

    Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wacohistorypodcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wacohistorypodcast
    Support the show here: https://anchor.fm/waco-history-podcast/support


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/waco-history-podcast/support

    • 50 min
    Waco's 9/11 response

    Waco's 9/11 response

    On this episode:

    Historian Tye Williams tells talks about Waco's response to 9/11. Tye's father served on the SWAT team that coordinated with the Secret Service detail that protected President Bush on visits to his ranch in Crawford. He tells how the SWAT team's training prepared them for a day like no other.

    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.

    Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wacohistorypodcast

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wacohistorypodcast

    Support the show here: https://anchor.fm/waco-history-podcast/support 


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/waco-history-podcast/support

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Nessa1958 ,

Excellent podcast!

I really enjoy this podcast! Having attended Baylor in my youth and having an affection for Waco and its past, this podcast has been very informative and interesting.

Griz84 ,

Wonderful and thoughtful

I really enjoy this podcast, it is so fun to learn all of the detailed history about Waco through the years. I have particularly enjoyed the shows that focused on the geology and natural features of the area, but really all of the stories combined make for a rich tapestry in the collective narrative about this town’s crazy journey.

LoneStarLove ,

Well done and thoroughly informative!

Well worth your time to listen to this little gem.

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