The Real F Troop in San Angelo, West Texas
Fort Concho was the first fort maintained as a defense post by the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry (F Troop) in April 1873. From there, they fought with the US Army against Native American groups.
The F Troop regiment's HQ was located at the fort from April 17, 1875 through July, 1882. During this time, the all of Texas from various Native American bands in the American West. regiment protected
Buffalo Soldiers Day is celebrated on February 24 at Fort Concho Museum every year and is well attended. In addition, the soldiers are honored at area military bases every year with reenactments and celebrations.
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's 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.
TV series writers did not know that they were totally parodying the US Army's 10th Cavalry Regiment and its Buffalo Soldiers.
Visitors Can See Working Ranches 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.
Movie star Matthew McConaughey owns a herd of longhorn steers In San Angelo.
Great Visitors' Attractions Throughout San Angelo
Downtown and Waterfront
- Downtown San Angelo | Welcome
Downtown San Angelo, Texas is historic and fun. Merchants offer a variety of art, gifts, clothing, furniture and more! Downtown events revolve around history, agriculture, art and contemporary interests.
- Downtown Historic Murals of San Angelo
Historic Murals of San Angelo, Inc. is a non-profit organization that funds a painted history of San Angelo on selected walls for all to see and enjoy.
- 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.
Additional Interesting Sites
- 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. 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.
- Goodfellow Air Force Base, TX 76905
- Railway Museum: Rail history from 1888 to 2010.
- San Angelo University: Founded in 1928, named to many "Best Schools" lists. 1620 University Ave, San Angelo, TX 76904.
- 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.
Local Employment Openings Consistently Increase
Companies Consistently Looking for New Workers
The following companies have been increasing hiring in the Oil & Gas Industry in San Angelo-Mertzon. 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.
- Targa Resources in Mertzon: Employment or Oil & Gas Technicians, Coordinators, Specialists, and others.
- Devon Energy in San Angelo: Oil Field Operations.
- 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.
- Halliburton: Search http://jobs.halliburton.com/
- Johnson and Johnson in San Angelo: Engineering Jobs
- Schlumberger in Sonora TX off Highway I-10: Technicians and Engineers, others.
- Sunbelt Rentals: Oil & Gas Equipment Operators, Burner Technicians, others.
- Sunoco Logistics in San Angelo: Water Hauling, other
- Victaulic in San Angelo: Career opportunities include water and waste water sales.
- Weatherford International in Sonora: Access careers and jobs at http://www.weatherford.com/
- Inglish, P. The Role of Buffalo Soldiers in the Native American Wars. hubpages.com/education/The-Role-of-Buffalo-Soldiers-in-the-Native-American-Wars Retrieved August 27, 2018.
© 2013 Patty Inglish MS