City of San Angelo

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The City of San Angelo, population 93,000 is located in West Central Texas in the Panhandle Plains region of Texas. San Angelo is home to three lakes, as well as the beautiful Concho River which runs through the heart of the city.

History:

Fort Concho, a frontier fort built in 1867 at the junction of the north and middle branches of the Concho River was the origination of San Angelo. After the fort was decommissioned the town became a ranching center for cattle and sheep, with the wool industry still an important part of the community today. San Angelo is the national’s largest wool and mohair market and is also a major livestock auction center. The region is also a hub of cotton, grain and pecan production.

Music and the Arts:

San Angelo has a symphony orchestra, ballet, Jazz with the Cactus Jazz Series at the Cactus Hotel and the Cactus Jazz and Blues Festival at the River Stage, the state’s oldest civic theater and Angelo State University. The Historic Murals of San Angelo are not only helping to revitalize the downtown area but also showcase the history of the region.

Nature’s Wonders:

Birding is a popular attraction as the more than 332 species of birds have been confirmed in the Concho Valley area. And pearl seekers can find Concho River Pearls form in freshwater mussels. The pearls range from pink to purple and local jewelers offer a variety of settings. There is also the Water Lilly collection, located in the Civic League Park and the River Walk which features beautiful gardens, 14 water displays and other attractions.

If you like bats, check out Bats at Foster Rd Bridge at the Foster Road overpass at Loop 306 in San Angelo, free-tails occupy narrow crevices on the underside of the bridge. They first arrive at Foster Road in late March and are wholly absent by the end of November. In the last decade, spring and early summer population has fluctuated between a few thousand and 150,000 bats. But from late summer through October, when maternity colonies have largely dispersed, up to 184,000 have been recorded. I would not be surprised to find over a quarter of a million of them here in October. Best time for viewing is at sunset.

Attractions:

When visiting the City of San Angelo visitors come to see Fort Concho, a 1867 frontier fort, Angelo State University Planetariums the nation’s fourth largest university planetarium, Concho Avenue an historic street and home to Miss Hattie’s Museum, a restored “ladies of the evening” establishment and of course one of Texas’s many fine state parks, San Angelo State Park.

San Angelo also has its own historic hotel, The Cactus Hotel, Conrad Hilton’s fourth hotel. Built in 1929, it was his largest, most ornate and most expensive ($900,000) hotel property. The hotel, with its 14 stories, lavish decorations and elegant crystal ballroom, has been revitalized as the city’s cultural center. The San Angelo Symphony and the Cultural Affairs Council are housed on the mezzanine level. In the lobby are shops, art galleries and a café. The hotel no longer has overnight accommodations. For information call 325-655-5000. For more historic architecture check out Old Town – Orient St. at El Paseo de Santa Angela is a repository for restored endangered historic buildings. Five structures have been relocated to the site: the Zenker House, an 1880’s bank building, a 1909 Victorian residence, the Camunez grocery store, and a tiny 1880’s home. Oscar Ruffini, San Angelo’s pioneer architect designed the bank and the Victorian residence. Ruffini’s combination office and home will be moved to the site at a later date. The city has designated Old Town as an historic district, providing a glimpse of San Angelo’s early architectural styles.

San Angelo’s heritage trail is, El Paseo de Santa Angela, which links the city’s past and future by using activity areas to bring our history and cultural heritage to life. Pathways, two pavilion buildings and a tiered plaza connect Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, the Historic Orient-Santa Fe Depot and the Concho River to create this open area. A restaurant in the area features Mexican and American food. Along the approximately five and one half blocks of El Paseo you also will see the beautifully restored railroad depot and warehouse buildings–an area known as “Santa Fe Crossing.” There is a railroad museum in the depot and a San Angelo products store and gift shop in the former warehouse that is restored as the Santa Fe Crossing Senior Center.

Contact Information:

The San Angelo Convention & Visitors

418 W. Ave. B

San Angelo, TX 76903

325-655-4136

toll free 800-375-1206

fax 325-658-1110

 

 

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