Waco's Evangelia Settlement gets state historical marker

Buck Cole was just a kid when his mom, brother and sister pulled into Waco late one night in 1960, escaping a bad family situation in Shreveport, L...

November 28, 2022
1:42 AM

Buck Cole was just a kid when his mom, brother and sister pulled into Waco late one night in 1960, escaping a bad family situation in Shreveport, Louisiana, and pursuing what the family hoped would be a fresh start.Mom drove the whole way in a green Dodge with one headlight and a hole in the floorboard. Cole said he and his brother, Tommy, became mesmerized watching the highway fly by beneath their feet. Their sister, Donna, kept mom company in the front seat.The odyssey that began more than 60 years ago and included time at the Evangelia Settlement in Waco profoundly affected Cole, now 68 and living in Austin.

Mike Copeland