A Guide to the Flores (Vetal) San Angelo Scrapbook Collection, [ca. 1870s]-1991
The city of San Angelo, Texas, was first established in the late 1860s across the North Concho River from Fort Concho, which had been built in 1867. As an early frontier town, San Angelo was characterized by saloons, prostitution, and gambling. San Angelo was located at the juncture of the North, South, and Middle Concho rivers and was surrounded by farms on the east and ranches on the west. The town's economy, therefore, became more diversified than that of many other frontier settlements.
San Angelo became the new county seat for Tom Green County when the flood of 1882 destroyed the neighboring town of Ben Ficklin. The town later became a shipping center with the coming of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1888 and the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient in 1909. Wool growers, cattle ranchers, and the railroads combined to make San Angelo one of the leading cattle markets in Texas, the largest sheep market in the United States, and one of the leading inland wool and mohair markets in the nation. The First Christian and the First Methodist churches were established in 1882 and the First Baptist Church in 1883. In 1940 the United States War Department selected San Angelo as the location for Goodfellow Air Field. By 1961, Fort Concho was declared a National Historic Landmark.
Sources: Duke, Escal F. “San Angelo, TX.” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 2, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hds01>
The Vetal Flores San Angelo Scrapbook Collection, [ca. 1870s]-1991, contains a number of photographic scrapbooks with captions, loose photographs, and other materials documenting the history of San Angelo, Texas. Series I encompasses photographic scrapbooks that include images of the Beck, Eckert, Willig, and Flores families, along with other prominent pastors and town leaders. Other scrapbooks depict local buildings and important events. The second series contains numerous loose photographs of the early San Angelo community including an essay on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The third series provides documentation of historical markers located in the San Angelo region with photographs.
This collection is open for research use.
Vetal Flores San Angelo Scrapbook Collection, [ca. 1870s]-1991, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Evan Usler, November 2010, April 2011.
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