Fort Worth's Waco Mammoth & Magnolia Market Tour

Fort Worth's Waco Mammoth & Magnolia Market Tour

Fort Worth
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 8:30am

Twenty-eight folks in 13 cars enjoyed a country drive, a fascinating guided tour of a major paleontological site, and a visit to Chip & Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Market in Waco, TX.

The Waco Mammoth National Monument is the site of the largest concentration of mammoths which died in the same event, believed to be a flash flood. Sixteen skeletons were first discovered. These remains were transported to a museum in Baylor University. A second discovery in the same site comprised a large bull, a female, 2 juveniles and a camel, believed to have died in a later flash flood. A building was erected to protect the remains, and the site was opened to the public.

After our visit to the mammoth dig site, we proceeded to the Magnolia Market at the Silos, which was turned into an urban attraction by Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV's "Fixer-Upper" fame. It includes a home goods store owned by the pair. Before its development and renovation, the place was just 2 run-down silos in a downtrodden industrial area near downtown Waco.  

Lunch was at the Magnolia Market, where members shopped the food trucks for comfort food like hamburgers, BBQ or Tex-Mex. We even had a picture with Joanna's mom!