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Fort Concho, San Angelo

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Fort Concho is a former United States Army installation and National Historic Landmark District located in San Angelo, Texas. It was established in November 1867 at the confluence of the Concho Rivers, situated on the Butterfield Overland Mail Route and Goodnight–Loving Trail. The US Army operated the fort for twenty-two years, from November 1867 to June 1889, and in that time the fort housed elements of fifteen US Cavalry and Infantry regiments. Initially, Fort Concho was the principal base of the 4th Cavalry and then between 1875 and 1882, the "Buffalo Soldiers" 10th Cavalry. The troops stationed at Fort Concho participated in Ranald S. Mackenzie's 1872 summer campaign, the Red River War in 1874, and the Victorio Campaign of 1879–1880.

The fort was abandoned in June 1889 and passed into civilian hands. Over the next twenty years, it was divided into residences and businesses, with the buildings repurposed or recycled for their materials. Efforts to preserve and restore Fort Concho began in the 1900s and resulted in the foundation of the Fort Concho Museum in 1929. The property has been owned and operated by the city of San Angelo since 1935. Fort Concho was named a National Historic Landmark on July 4, 1961 and is one of the best-preserved examples of the military installations built by the US Army in Texas.

At its greatest extent in the 1870s, Fort Concho consisted of forty buildings on 40 acres (16 ha) of land leased by the US Army. The Fort Concho Historic District now includes the fort's original grounds and twenty-three buildings, some of which are the oldest in San Angelo. As of August 2019, the fort was visited annually by around 55,000 people.

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  • Even on a cloudy drizzly day, Fort Concho provided some very interesting history. I had never heard of a human harness for hauling field equipment like canons when other animals could not. It was...  more »
  • Fort Concho is an impressive cavalry fort built just after the Civil War in 1867 and served until 1889. It was the home of the famed buffalo soldiers.  more »
  • I've loved the Fort for over 50 yrs. The buildings & grounds are fantastic for history buffs & folks interested in learning. The staff are very well informed, conversational, kind, & great teachers. Fort Concho is a treasure & should be experienced by all San Angeloans, & our visitors.
  • This show that was put on by the actors was great. I enjoy going around and seeing the exhibits. I attended Fort Concho and I was just a boy to see the museum and it always left an impression in my mind and it was good to get back to see the restoration that has been done and how the place has been kept up after all of these years. I got to visit with a class my classmate of mine that I have not seen since the 8th grade who was one of the actress and this was well worth the trip from Georgia

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