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San Angelo, Texas Facts:
- County: Tom Green
- Coverage Area (Total): 58.2 sq. miles
- Elevation: 1,844 ft.
- Population: 93,200
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Ballinger, Blackwell, Bronte, Carlsbad, Christoval, Doole, Eden, Eola, Lohn, Melvin, Mertzon, Miles, Millersview, Norton, Paint Rock, Robert Lee, Rowena, San Angelo, Sterling City, Wall, Water Valley, Winters
The city of San Angelo was founded in 1867 when the United States constructed Fort Concho as part of a program to erect forts designed to protect the frontier from hostile attacks. The fort served as home to cavalry, infantry, and the famous Black Cavalry (known as the Buffalo Soldiers). The name was originally Santa Angela (named after founder Bartholomew DeWitt's wife), and then San Angela, before being changed to San Angelo in 1883 to reflect proper Spanish grammar.
In 1929, the city founded San Angelo College (now Angelo State University) as one of the region's first institutes of higher learning. The city had been passed over as the potential home of current-day Texas Tech University. During World War II, Goodfellow Air Force Base was founded to train pilots for the war. In 1958, the base became a training ground in cryptologic training for students of all four military branches. Today, after undergoing extensive renovations in the 1990s, it stands as one of the most modern bases in the U.S. Air Force.
San Angelo maintains a variety of attractions including: