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San Angelo sprang up around frontier Fort Concho, which was established in 1867. A trading post across the San Angelo River, called Santa Angela, competed with the nearby town of Ben Ficklen to be named County Seat of Tom Green County. Ben Ficklen, with a stagecoach stop, won. Meanwhile, construction at Fort Concho continued, often aided by stonemasons from Fredericksburg, a two day stage ride away. By 1882, a flood had destroyed Ben Ficklen, and San Angelo became the county seat. But Fort Concho was abandonded in 1889. San Angelo became a ranching center. In 1929, Gineva Wood Carson spearhead the effort to restore the old fort. Today, Fort Concho is the nation's best preserved frontier fort.

Hubert Wolters Rock Bluff Brewery c. 1878-1888

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