San Angelo was founded by European American in 1867 when the US built Fort Concho, one of the many forts built to protect people as pioneers moved west. The lake was built in 1930 by a local utility company to provide municipal water to the city.
According to Wikipedia, San Angelo was at one time a "fairly lawless cow town filled with brothels, saloons and gambling houses." In fact, the guy who checked us in at our RV Park told me about a restaurant in town called Miss Hattie's that used to be a brothel. He said the story is that the brothel was connected via a tunnel to a bank, so people could appear to be "doing bank business."
The former cow town now has thrift stores, jewelry shops, antique mini-malls, art galleries, half a dozen brew pubs, a couple of wine bars and a city park system with 32 parks. Pretty good for a town of about 96,000 people.
Jim discovered Joe's Brewhouse while I was wandering around the shops. I joined Jim and we loved it. We spent two hours talking with the great bartender, Allyn, and another customer, Laurie.
|San Angelo's downtown has a mixture of 1950- 60's style buildings plus older buildings with interesting architectural details.|
|Jim at San Angelo's Zero One Ale House. Tourist literature said it was the newest brew pub in town. Lots of beer selection and great food.|
|The Tom Green Count Courthouse, named after a Tom Green who was a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army, not actor Tom Green who seems crazy and was briefly married to Drew Barrymore. Doubt if you thought it was the latter, however.|
|Mom: One of the antique stores had a huge selection of your "autumn leaf" dishware. A candlestick was going for $125, which seemed hard to believe. Time to quit running the ramekins through the dishwasher.|
|Close call: We went out for Mexican food at a place called Franco's. Cooper was in the car, so we found a shady parking spot at a Baptist church across the street. If we'd back up six more inches we would have scraped the kayaks off the car.|