This past week we did a whirlwind trip to San Angelo for a Master Gardener’s Landscaping Symposium. So we had a half day to see some sights and then a full day for the symposium.
This picture was taken because I had never seen a Texas Sage or Purple Sage bush trimmed into a tree. This one must be several years old because mine freeze each year and then reach a height of 3 feet before the next winter arrives.
This is the courtyard on the other side of the large stone arches in the first picture. At the edge of the patio is a curved viewing area and steps leading down to the river. To the right a door leads into the actual information area where there are brochures and volunteers to answer questions.
Angela de Merici, (21 March 1474 – 27 January 1540) was an Italian religious leader and saint. She founded the Order of Ursulines in 1535 in Brescia. Actually, I could not find any information to explain her importance to the city.
“Santa Angela,” was the settlement that sprang up across the Concho River from Fort Concho. It was named in honor of Carolina Angela de la Garza DeWitt, deceased wife of the city’s founder Bart J. DeWitt,
This one is appropriate for the town’s information center since it depicts places and events for San Angelo.
Hardy plants like these Knockout Roses were used. The small plant in the water looks like Papyrus.
This was the only picture I took at Ft. Concho. It was a frontier army post from 1867 to 1889 and played an important part in the settlement of this whole area. When the fort deactivated, soldiers rode away leaving the buildings and furnishings intact. Families moved in, so the buildings were occupied until 1920 when the Preservation Society stepped in and the city acquired the land.
Because of the limestone construction and the continuous care of the structures, they look relatively new.
See Ft. Concho to view a video showing furnishings inside the buildings, events, and history.
Even though San Angelo seems remote, it is a vibrant town with much to offer.
“By the time the Texas frontier had run its course, those who settled the land could point to a unique experience that had turned the largely Southern population into westerners.” unknown