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Waco, Texas: Branch Davidian Massacre Site Team Field Report

Mount Carmel Massacre Site

1781 Double EE Ranch Rd, Waco, TX
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. No entry if the gate is closed or inclement weather.
Tu-Sa 10-6. No entry when gate closed or inclement weather. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Suggested donation: $10/car.
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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. Tours are available for a small donation. Report...

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David Koresh marker.

Branch Davidian Massacre Site

You can walk the actual site where the massacre happened and see the remains left after the siege. Charles and Alexa Pace, trustees and caretakers of the Church site, can answer any historic questions you may have. Charles has been a Branch Davidian believer since 1973 and an ordained minister since 1984. He did not follow Koresh and has survived his delusional teachings and lives to tell the "Rest of the Story" you will find very interesting.

Please be respectful of this private property and please donate to keep it open and maintained for others. Worth a visit to learn the truth about Waco!

[Charles Pace, 07/06/2020]

Branch Davidian Swimming Pool.

Branch Davidian Compound Swimming Pool

The original swimming pool from the site of the 1993 Branch Davidian siege is the last remaining component of the original compound, and can still be visited today. The site is open if the gate is open.

[Greg Brown, 01/29/2019]

Burned out bus ruins.

Branch Davidian Massacre Site

First visit since the mini-series. Pretty sobering. The underground bus is still there and images of what took place are very much alive.

[Danny, 03/10/2018]

Paramount Network's 6-parter about Waco's 51-day standoff and deadly result aired in early 2018.

Branch Davidian Massacre Site

I've always been interested in all of this. I've been to the site in 1995, 2005, and today. With the recent TV mini series, there were a lot of visitors there. This was also the first time I've been brave enough to get out and walk around. You can walk all the way up to the new church built on the site of the old compound. You can still see the cement outlines of the old buildings. You can tell which cement slab was the bunker and to the left is what looks like a pond that was where the buses were buried and connected to the compound through underground tunnels. There is still a bus there.

[Busted Suitcase, 03/05/2018]

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