Summer is rapidly approaching and with that often comes relocation. Many will be moving to our small town, sometimes referred to as the “hidden oasis” of Texas, in the weeks to come. Our primary goal here at NextHome Legends Realty is to earn the trust and business of those that call San Angelo home, including newcomers. But, what about the city that houses the homes our potential clients are looking to buy? We take pride in our town and want to not only ensure that our clients feel secure in their real estate decisions but also in where they are choosing to set roots. We’re excited to show you the rich history of San Angelo and all it has to offer!
If you are not local to the area, you most likely have no clue that Texas is a world all of its own and changes drastically from 100 miles to the next. San Angelo is unique not just in geographic features, compared to our Midland/Odessa neighbors, but is a region full of history, culture and a deeply connected community.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to share a series of posts that showcase our beautiful city and what it has to offer. History is flooding the streets of San Angelo and as you travel her roads, you will be able to venture back in time and understand what sets us apart.
As with any other town, we began with a few looking to settle unfamiliar land and prosper from the natural resources at hand. Our beginning looked a little different with Fort Concho being in place, “built to protect frontier settlements, patrol and map the vast West Texas region, and quell hostile threats in the area.” Not only were the benefits of the region (ample supply of water, ranching, agriculture, and the coming of the railroads) in place but the earnings of soldiers were at hand. “Downtown” San Angelo flourished as a result of the combined resources offered within the city limits and set the stage for our town’s success. The fort now serves a functional and educational museum benefiting the San Angelo community, the state of Texas and the nation at large.
With San Angelo being located at the juncture of the North, South, and Middle Concho rivers and surrounded by farms in the east and ranches in the west, our town became more diversified than that of many other early frontier settlements. Cattle and sheep ranching were prosperous and laid the bricks that paved our streets. You can actually find a few original brick roads left that, literally, represent our small beginnings. This article, written by the Texas State Historical Association, gives an in-depth look at how San Angelo came to be.
You can walk down Concho Avenue and feel the nostalgia of traveling through the past while enjoying the luxury of modern shopping and dining. Eggemeyer’s General Store and Miss Hattie’s restaurant are prime examples of symbols representing downtown San Angelo that attract thousands to our city limits each year.
With a rich wool heritage, San Angelo has also captured that part of our DNA with the sheep statues you will find showcased all over town. As stated on the dedicated webpage for our sheep statue project, “San Angelo was known as the wool capital of the world, and it is still an important economic base to the city.” Our history is kept alive through many physical remnants, like these statues, made by the hands and hard work of our people.
Intersecting with historic Concho Avenue is another road that has seen many travels – Chadbourne Street. Many storefronts have changed in appearance and name but can say they have stood the test of time. San Angelo National Bank still stands as one of the oldest historical buildings in San Angelo and has witnessed many travelers and events that lock our past in place. We also cannot forget our beautiful Cactus Hotel, one of the original Conrad Hilton Hotels, that is a treasure trove of our history and a West Texas landmark.
The San Angelo Rodeo, Old Town Historic District, Sanitorium and so many other entities of hidden history tell the story of San Angelo. You might have lived here your entire life, or, are fixing to start a new one here and will most likely never know everything there is to know. These foundations were made and have built San Angelo into what it is now. San Angelo is much like the rare concho pearls our region is known for. We have so much hidden beauty if you take the time to truly seek it out. Next up in our series will be a look at our deep-rooted art culture that came from these humble beginnings. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]