The Real F Troop In San Angelo, West Texas

The Concho River in San Angelo
The Concho River in San Angelo | Source

Working Ranch Area and An Oil Boom

This area of Texas is filled with attractive scenery, historic sites, working cattle ranches, tourist attractions, and a thriving oil boom. New residents, new businesses, and vacationers love to flock to West Texas.

San Angelo is a city of 100,000+ residents creating a designated Market Area in the West Central part of Texas between Highways I-20 and I-10. The city fared well economically, even throughout the Great Recession and its suburbs experienced increases in oil & gas jobs consistently.

During 1st Quarter 2013, the town of Mertzon TX, 30 miles southwest of San Angelo, was home to about 800 residents that included children, but 235 job postings. There were not enough adults available to fill the jobs. A full 1,700 listings were available within 25 miles of the city and in 1st Quarter 2014, there were over 4,100.

Portion Of the San Angelo Market

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A markerSan Angelo TX -
San Angelo, TX, USA
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B markerMertzon TX -
Mertzon, TX 76941, USA
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C markerGoodfellow AFB, San Angelo -
Goodfellow Drive, Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, TX 76903, USA
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D markerFort Concho Museum -
Fort Concho Museum, 630 South Oakes Street, San Angelo, TX 76903, USA
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Matthew McConaughey Owns Longhorn Steers In San Angelo!

Longhorn Steer owner.
Longhorn Steer owner. | Source
San Angelo was once the Sheep Capital of the World. Now it is home to a government protected herd of Longhorns. Actor Matthew McConaughey owns a ranch nearby.
San Angelo was once the Sheep Capital of the World. Now it is home to a government protected herd of Longhorns. Actor Matthew McConaughey owns a ranch nearby.

Attractions In San Angelo

San Angelo Visitors Center. 418 W Ave. B San Angelo TX 76903
San Angelo Visitors Center. 418 W Ave. B San Angelo TX 76903 | Source
  • The Concho River runs through the center of Downtown San Angelo. The river valley provides the market area that includes Irion and Tom Green Counties and carries the name Concho Valley Workforce Development Area under the Workforce Development Act (WIA). The Concho refers to the Concho mussels in the river that make the unique Concho Pink pearl. Downtown San Angelo is home to many other interesting sights and activities.

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  • Local Area Lakes - San Angelo Nature Center and Wetlands is at Lake Nasworthy. The area also features O.C. Fisher and Twin Buttes Reservoirs.
  • Fine Arts Museum
  • Fort Concho and Museums - This National Historic Landmark is located at 630 S. Oakes , San Angelo. Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm (see links below). The Robert Wood Johnson Museum of Frontier Medicine is located inside the fort, complete with samples of medical instruments. There is also a telephone museum.

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  • Railway Museum -- Rail history from 1888 to 2010.
  • San Angelo University - Founded in 1928, named to many "Best Schools" lists.
  • State Park - San Angelo State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Hunting available during deer and turkey seasons, along with fishing. It is also the home to part of the Official Texas Longhorn Herd, a protected group of the iconic Texas herd cattle in several state parks. Bison can also be seen.
  • Lilly Fest - An annual celebration, but San Angelo maintains the International Lily Collection as well.
  • San Angelo Rodeo & Stock Show - Held in February and very popular.

Zombies Live At Goodfellow AFB

A markerGoodfellow AFB -
Goodfellow Air Force Base, TX 76905, USA
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The first Goodfellow AFB ZOMBIE RUN race in December 2012.
The first Goodfellow AFB ZOMBIE RUN race in December 2012. | Source
Public sheep themed art. Goodfellow AFB.
Public sheep themed art. Goodfellow AFB. | Source

F Troop Is Here

Fort Concho, Texas Historic Site

Enlisted men's quarters at Fort Concho in 1871.
Enlisted men's quarters at Fort Concho in 1871. | Source

Real F Troop Coat Of Arms

Buffalo Soldiers

Fort Concho was the first fort maintained as a defense post by the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry (F Troop) in April 1873.

The F Troop regiment's HQ was located at the fort from April 17, 1875 - July, 1882. During this time, the regiment protected all of West Texas from various Native American bands. Buffalo Soldiers Day is celebrated on February 24 at Fort Concho Museum every year.

The 10th Cavalry's Coat of Arms is to the right.

NOTE: The writers of TV's F Troop (1965-1967), which used an all-white cast and Catskills & Vaudeville Jewish comedians for Native Americans, did not know that they were totally parodying the US Army 10th Cavalry Regiment and its Buffalo Soldiers. The show was even set in Kansas, the state where the regiment was originally formed at Fort Leavenworth. Few viewers knew about the Buffalo Soldiers at the time.

Troop Insignia
Troop Insignia

Business and Jobs Are Great In West Texas!

Incredible Jobs Increase Percntages

Most recent upsurge began in 2012 and continues into 2015.
Most recent upsurge began in 2012 and continues into 2015. | Source

Hot Jobs In San Angelo 2016 - 2020

Highest Demand Jobs include he following:

  1. Truck Drivers and Owner/Operators: High Country Transportation, P & S Transportation, Federal Companies Trucking, Knight Transportation
  2. Engineers - IT, Oil & Gas, Alternative Energy
  3. Physicians in several specialties
  4. Registered Nurses
  5. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  6. Salespeople
  7. Sales Representatives
  8. Account Representatives
  9. Restaurant Managers
  10. Maintenance Workers and Technicians in several fields

A growing number of jobs is available at Annie's List and Endorsed Candidates, a group wishing to elect Democrats to local offices throughout Texas.

Companies To Contact

The following companies have been increasing hiring in the Oil & Gas Industry in San Angelo-Mertzon for a few months at this writing. Numbers of jobs available with each company fluctuates , so keep checking back. The websites are embedded in blue links below. Other industries are increasing jobs advertised as well (see next section).

Targa Resources in Mertzon -- Employment: Oil & Gas Technicians, Coordinators, Specialists, and others.

  • Devon Energy in San Angelo -- Field Operations.
  • Halliburton - Search http://jobs.halliburton.com/
  • Johnson and Johnson in San Angelo -- Engineering Jobs
  • Schlumberger in Sonora TX off I-10 -- Open Jobs: Technicians and Engineers, others.
  • Sunbelt Rentals - Oil & Gas Equipment - Burner Technicians, others.
  • Sunoco Logistics in San Angelo - Water Hauling, other
  • Victaulic in San Angelo - Career Opportunities: Includes water and waste water sales.
  • Weatherford International in Sonora: Access careers and jobs at http://www.weatherford.com/

Texas Dawn lily. International Lily Collection in Civic League Park, San Angelo TX.
Texas Dawn lily. International Lily Collection in Civic League Park, San Angelo TX. | Source

Mertzon, Texas

A markerMertzon TX -
Mertzon, TX 76941, USA
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Additional Jobs in San Angelo - Mertzon

In 2013, many new positions opened in a call center run by Sitel (owned by a Canadian parent company) in San Angelo, with additional jobs added yearly.

In addition, these companies are hiring:

  1. San Angelo Community Health Center - Registered Nurses, physicians, technicians, receptionists , others.
  2. Shannon Health in San Angelo - Registered Nurses, technologists, coordinators, and nursing assistants.
  3. Community Health Systems - Physicians, technicians, administrative jobs.
  4. Harden HealthCare - Nurses, therapists, and physicians.

In Addition to Healthcare:

  • Angelo State University in San Angelo - Coordinators, collections department staff, assistant professors, others.
  • Telereach - Virtual assistants, telemarketers, others.
  • Texas Family Services - Variety of positions.
  • Goodfellow Air Force Base - Technicians, several types; civilian and military. Park College is located on base as well. Annual Air Fiesta air show is an attraction.

Jobs Reference Map

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A markerGoodfellow Air Force Base -
Goodfellow Air Force Base, TX 76905, USA
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B markerSan Angelo Community Medical Center; 2141 Hamilton Way, San Angelo, TX 76904 -
2141 Hamilton Way, San Angelo, TX 76904, USA
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C markerAngelo State University; 1620 University Ave, San Angelo, TX 76904 -
San Angelo, TX, USA
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Ghost32 3 years ago

I knew San Angelo / Mertzon was booming, thanks to YouTube video posted by TexasAmateur OilTrucker, but did not realize the Buffalo Soldiers had a regiment in the area back in the day. Not that it's surprising; they were busy here in southern Arizona at Fort Huachuca, too.

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

I guess Black History Month and the Hub I did on Buffalo Soldiers reminded me of Fort Concho, plus all the Hubs on oil jobs, including all yours that give job seekers hope. It's helpful that someone made videos about the oil jobs in Texas and I wonder if the Keystone project will continue and add more jobs as well?

Do you remember when WWII veterans took exception to "Hogans Heroes"? It's good that the Buffalo Soldier era was farther away in time from "F Troop". I wonder if anyone else has made the connection...


Ghost32 3 years ago

I didn't pay much attention to the WWII vets who disliked "Hogan's Heroes". My Dad was a vet himself, mental discharge from the Navy after his ship was sunk in the Pacific by the Japanese, and he LOVED the show. Of course, he didn't serve in the German theater; that could have made a difference.

I don't know who might have picked up on "F Troop". Even had I been up on the Buffalo Soldiers when the show was running (which I wasn't), there's no way I could have taken that spoof seriously. But then, were I African American, who knows?

I REALLY don't know what to think about the Keystone XL. There's not the slightest indication so far that Obama will ever allow it to go through during his time in office. Whether or not the Canadians can afford to sit on it for the next 4 years...that's the umpty-zillion dollar question.

If the President had a change of heart, or autopen, or some such, then yes. It would certainly add more jobs, and a lot of them.


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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

Excellent and enlightening Hub -- I enjoyed it immensely. My brother ranches in West Texas near Eldorado and when I join him for a few days we often visit Ft. McKettrick (I think I spelled that correctly) which is also one of the Buffalo Soldier Forts -- most interesting history! Best/Sis


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Thanks, Angela. That's very intrresting and I bet you always have a good time. I'll have to look up all those forts and see where they are!


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Sandyspider 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Interesting hub about the attractions in San Angelo ranging area. Love the photos.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Thanks! I'm glad to see jobs increasing there.

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