SAN ANGELO

Pop. 85,778

Alt. 1,847

General

The community grew around frontier site of Fort Concho, established in 1867 at the junction of north and middle branches of Concho River. It became an early ranching center for cattle and sheep; today it is the nation's largest primary wool and mohair market and a major livestock auction center. The regional hub of cotton, grain, and pecan production. A variety of industries, medical and retirement facilities and Goodfellow Air Force Base lend diversity. Symphony orchestra, ballet, and one of the state's oldest civic theaters. Home of Angelo State University.

Angelo State University Planetarium

Concho River Pearls

Concho River Walk

Concho Street

Fort Concho

E. H. Danner Museum of telephony

Robert Wood Johnson Museum of Frontier Medicine

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

Miss Hattie's Museum

Producer's Livestock Auction Company

San Angelo Nature Center

Frontier troops protected stagecoaches and wagon trains, escorted the U.S. Mail, explored and mapped new territory and occasionally clashed with Indians. many well-known infantry and cavalry offices commanded the fort, including Col. Randal S. Mackenzie, Col. William R. Shafter and Col. Benjamin H. Grierson. Both black and white troops took part in their campaigns.

The bluecoats were no longer needed when the frontier moved farther west. In a sentimental ceremony the colors were struck and the last company of the 16th Infantry moved out of Fort Concho on June 20, 1889, as the regimental band played " The girl I Left Behind Me"

Several buildings have been restored to their original appearance and others have been reconstructed on existing foundations. Exhibits tell the story of fort, Indian campaigns and of San Angelo. Open Tues - Sat. from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sun 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Call the chamber of commerce for the dates of Christmas at Fort Concho. This is one of the most interesting festival you could attend in Texas.

DANNER MUSEUM of TELEPHONY..models of telephones from Alexander Graham Bell's Gallows Frame Phone" (only five ever built) through wooden phones and push-button phones of the 1880's to present day models. Open museum hours in Officer's quarters No.4.

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