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The Real F Troop in San Angelo, West Texas

Updated on August 28, 2018
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

Buffalo Soldiers made up the real "F Troop."
Buffalo Soldiers made up the real "F Troop." | Source

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. 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 regiment protected all of Texas from various Native American bands in the American West.

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.

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Official Coat of Arms
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Official Coat of Arms
Official Coat of Arms | Source

TV series writers did not know that they were totally parodying the US Army's 10th Cavalry Regiment and its Buffalo Soldiers.

Troop Insignia
Troop Insignia | Source

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.

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.

Great Visitors' Attractions Throughout San Angelo

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San Angelo Visitors Center. 418 W Ave. B San Angelo TX 76903The Concho River in Downtown 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 in Downtown San Angelo
The Concho River in Downtown San Angelo | Source

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.

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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

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Public sheep themed art. Goodfellow AFB.Goodfellow AFB ZOMBIE RUN
Public sheep themed art. Goodfellow AFB.
Public sheep themed art. Goodfellow AFB. | Source
Goodfellow AFB ZOMBIE RUN
Goodfellow AFB ZOMBIE RUN | Source
  • 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

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

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/

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

Sources

  • 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

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

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

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      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

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

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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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      Angela Blair 

      5 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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      Ghost32 

      5 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.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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...

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      Ghost32 

      5 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.

      Voted Up and Useful, etc.

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