Fort Concho was built and established on the Concho River banks during 1867 in order to protect the settlements on the frontier, map and patrol the region of West Texas while reducing hostile threats to the area. There are a minimum of forty limestone buildings on over sixteen-hundred acres that make up Fort Concho. The fort acted as the regimental headquarters for famous frontier units such as the 4th and 10th Calvary in addition to having memorable military commanders in charge of the fort at various times.
There were anywhere from four to five hundred men making up four infantry companies, support personnel, staff officers and four cavalry troops supported by Fort Concho when it was at full strength. Fort Concho was deactivated when the last of the soldiers marched away in June of 1889.
The former army post including twenty-three restored and original structures from the fort part of the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark. The City of San Angelo, Texas owns and operates the now historic museum and preservations project which is located at 630 South Oakes Street in San Angelo. There are both self-guided and guided tours available at the landmark which is open from nine in the morning until five in the evening Monday through Saturday and from one in the afternoon until five in the evening on Sundays.
The cost of self-guided tours and admission to Fort Concho is $2 for the military and seniors and $3 for all other adults. Those from the ages of six to seventeen only pay $1.50 for admittance; there is an extra charge for guided tours. Monday through Sunday the last time for the last self guided tour is 4:30 in the afternoon. Tuesday through Friday the last guided tour starts at 3:30p.m. The cost of guided tours is $5 for adults, $4 for the military and seniors and $3 for students. The Fort Concho National Historic Landmark closes on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days.
Children below the ages of six get into the museum for free; discounts are available for groups. There are a number of the building at Fort Concho that can be rented to hold gatherings such as dinners, parties, weddings and receptions. There are even options for lodging available at the fort. Sutler's Store is the gift shop which can be found in the visitor's center for Barracks1. Sutler's offers children's clothing and other items in addition to souvenirs and history books.
The Fort Concho also provides three public restrooms located behind the Headquarters Building, Barracks 5 & 6 and in the visitors center for Barracks 1. With all the history that is brought to live Fort Concho isn't even half a mile from downtown San Angelo when you take South Oakes Street. You can get to San Angelo using US Highway 277, 67 and 87. The facilities are less than four hours away from Austin, Wichita Falls, Fort Worth and San Antonio.
Specific information about Fort Concho and its facilities can be gotten by contacting Fort Concho directly.
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