One of the many things that I love about living in Texas is that it is so big! You can explore it for days and never get bored! My family was recently invited to partner with Discover San Angelo for an expense paid weekend to explore and play. All opinions shared in this travel article are my own.
We have taken our kids on a few vacations around Texas but West Texas is an area that we have not really explored much. I was especially excited about the educational side of this trip, as San Angelo has a few well known historical landmarks.
The first historical landmark that we got to check out was Fort Concho. This frontier army post was active from 1867-1889 and is now owned and operated by the City of San Angelo. A few famous military commanders served at Fort Concho. The one that sticks out the most to me is William ‘Pecos Bill’ Shafter, as well as all four regiments of the Buffalo Soldiers were stations at the post. I loved explaining the American Civil War and why Forts were important for the protection of the military to my kids.
While we were visiting we got to enjoy Cowboy Day and it was action packed!
You can visit Fort Concho National Historic Landmark on Monday – Saturday 9AM-5PM, or Sunday 1PM-5PM.
The second historical landmark that we enjoyed exploring was Miss Hattie’s Bordello Museum and Restaurant. We dined for an evening meal here and had the most knowledgeable waiter. He knew so much history about Miss Hattie’s and San Angelo, in general. It was fascinating to hear. The food is top notch! I love that the menu is packed full of local favorites.
Two of the stories that really stuck out to me were that the start to Miss Hattie’s Bordello was in 1898. Ms. Hatton, a recent divorcee, set up a top of the line “gentleman’s club” in this very building. It was open for 54 years before it was shut down by Texas Rangers. That’s a long running business for a woman in the 1800’s. The second crazy story was about tunnels under the restaurant. The waiter actual took us to a spot in the restaurant and we were able to tap on the floor and could definitely hear the difference in the two areas. I wish we could have had actual ways to see these tunnels. I believe he said there were three or four around the city! Pretty cool!
The last place that I think is amazing to visit while in San Angelo for a historic family fun get away would be San Angelo State Park. I know that doesn’t sound very historic but believe me it is filled with tons of history! The 7,677-acre San Angelo State Park opened on May 1, 1995.
You can arrange to watch the bison and longhorn graze. It is not every day that you can see bison, so this experience is one that I am sure my children will remember for years to come.
San Angelo State Park also has a two-mile Dinosaur Trail that you can walk with your kids; the trail passes fossilized trackways of pre-dinosaur creatures from the Permian Age.
San Angelo State Park is located at 362 S FM 2288, San Angelo, TX 76901. Check out the San Angelo State Park website for more info.