Waco, Texas: Branch Davidian Massacre Site

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Mount Carmel Massacre Site

Address:
1781 Double EE Ranch Rd, Waco, TX
Directions:
Mount Carmel Massacre Site. Northeast of the city. Hwy 2491 (Elk Rd) about five miles east of Loop 340. You'll come to a split in the road, but stay on 2491 which bears to the left. Not far from the split you'll see large, wavy metal gates on the left (Double E Ranch Rd). Just beyond that property is a gravel road on the left (Double EE Ranch Rd). Turn down that gravel road. The Mount Carmel property is a short distance on the right.
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Branch Davidian Massacre Site
The compound where David Koresh and his followers met their infernal apocalypse in 1993. A home-built memorial simulates their graves. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Entrance.

Branch Davidian Massacre Site

We arrived to find the gate open, yet were hesitant to enter. The friendly man across the street mowing his grass stopped his mower, and told us that since the gate was open we could go as far as the church. We drove up to the church, and realized it was built on the same site as the compound. Remnants of the pool and underground storage facility were visible, along with numerous monuments. Definitely interesting if you are into offbeat sites.

Note: there was indeed a barking dog, but we drove right by and went up to the church anyway. On the way out, we stopped at the memorial. The dog barked again, but eventually approached us and calmed quickly.

[Paul Nobrega, 03/20/2016]

Memorial wall.

Branch Davidian Massacre Site

Site is owned privately but visitors are welcome between 8AM and dusk IF the gate is open. New church down the dirt road from the memorial has a leaflet in box in front (donation requested) describing the events and has a map of the original buildings.

An information sheet about the site is available at the Waco tourist office, next to Texas Ranger Museum.

[Jerry Day, 12/05/2015]
Branch Davidian Massacre Site

Went there recently and the no trespassing signs sort of concerned me too. However, after some thought, I decided to venture in. I believe the signs apply whenever the gates are closed. There is a memorial there, after all.

[Revbeej, 08/25/2015]
Branch Davidians Massacre Site

There is a big metal gate and stone wall surrounding the compound. And the gate was open. You could see just inside the gate what look like a memorial. But there were several No Trespassing signs. So even though the gate was open we did not go in because it said you would be prosecuted.

[Amber, 06/25/2015]

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World's Largest Purple Martin Apartment Complex, Davilla, TX - 57 mi.

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