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Population: 2,600+Region: Prairies & Lakes|
Located North of Waco on Interstate 35
Named the 'Czech Heritage Capital of Texas' by the Texas State Legislature, West is known for its Czech traditions including cooking, arts, crafts, baking and polka music. It also carries the distinction of being the 'home of the official Kolache of the Texas Legislature'.
Located just a few minutes north of Waco off I-35, West is a friendly town with many growning businesses - particularly along the Interstate. Beginning in 1976 West has hosted the Westfest every Labor Day weekend featuring Czech music, arts, crafts, sausage and kolaches. In the town proper you will find bed and breakfast accommodations in historic buildings. Many of the bakeries and restaurants serve traditional Czech food you don't want to miss. And, there are antique shops, as well as stores offering imported Czech crystal and jewelry.
Katy Depot Museum - Open Thursday & Friday 3-5pm; Sat 9am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm.
Lakes: Aquilla, Navarro Mills, Waco and Whitney (Lake info here)
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Renamed West in 1881, the town originally was known as Bold Springs. In 1881 when the railroad came through the town's namesake - Thomas W. West - was known for selling land for the railroad as well as for businesses that wanted to be close to a railroad depot. Mr. West was a successful business man owning a bank, furniture store and hotel. Czechoslsovakian immigrants liked the area and settled there. Their descendants still farm the surrounding land with crops of maize, cotton, and wheat.
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