The Silos: A Peek Into Our Past October 13, 2015 Our Magnolia Silos have long-since been a special place in our quickly-growing city of Waco, Texas. Ask anyone’s grandparents, and they’d be able to tell you how they clearly remember the silos standing tall back when they were just kids. On Monday, May 11, 1953, an F5 tornado hit Waco, Texas and caused irreparable damage to the downtown area. Over 1,000 homes and buildings were destroyed, and 114 lives were lost. It was a dark time for Waco, and many native Wacoans think back to the days that followed the tornado, and remember the sadness and rubble that covered the city. The majority of the homes and buildings that fell were never rebuilt, and the area surrounding the Silos still remains sparsely populated compared to early 1953. Recently, we were gifted with some beautiful and symbolic pictures taken by a well-known Waco photographer, Jimmie Willis, following the tornado in 1953. See below, the buildings surrounding the silos fallen, but our silos standing tall. Photos courtesy of the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute The big move from our current “Little Shop on Bosque” to the Silos has been a long time in the making. For those of you coming to see this property firsthand for the grand opening, or even after, we hope you will appreciate, as we do, the beauty of our Silos’ past. Half of the fun of this project was getting to see this old property come right back to life, and we love learning about their history. We’d love to see your pictures of our Magnolia Silos! When you visit, be sure to use the hashtag #magnoliamarket and #magnoliasilos.