Latinx Americans in Waco
Waco’s Latinx history far predates the city.
The land of Central Texas once belonged to the Spanish empire, and then Mexico, until Texas fought for its independence in 1836. After almost another decade of struggle, Texas joined the United States and started down the path to becoming the Latinx-Anglo melting pot it is today. Before long, a Spanish immigrant by the name of Jacob de Cordova came to town and officially founded the city of Waco.
For more than a century, the Latinx American population of Waco has had a tremendous impact on the growth and development of the city. During the Mexican Revolution, Waco’s Sandtown neighborhood proved to be a safe haven for Latinx immigrants and Latinx Americans fleeing border violence. When Waco's red-light district, known as the Reservation, closed, an area flush with large houses in close proximity to downtown suddenly became available for little cost, and Calle Dos, a thriving Latinx American community, was born. Anchored in this community, the local Mutualista, an organization that celebrates Latinx culture and aids immigrants, works for the betterment of the community by providing healthcare and education and fights for worker's rights.
Waco’s Latinx American community continues to share its gifts and strengths with the larger Waco community through art, food, music, and houses of worship. Today, you can experience the beauty of Waco’s Latinx American community throughout the city and in districts such as the 25th Street and LaSalle Avenue corridors.
Visit wacohistory.org for more information regarding the history of Hispanic Americans in Waco.