Nestled within the west-central portion of Texas is San Angelo, a thriving community of approximately 100,000 people that earned its name in honor of Carolina Angela de la Garza DeWitt—the late wife of Bart J. DeWitt, the city’s founder. San Angelo’s distinct character is distinguished by a progressive outlook on its future—which is complemented by a commitment to preserving its rich history that can be seen in such significant structures as the circa 1929 Cactus Hotel, historic Fort Concho and the Old Town Historic District, which includes the Orient-Santa Fe Depot and Railway Museum.
The natural beauty of this West Texas region is showcased through several outdoor attractions. The downtown River Walk, recognized as one of the most impressive features of San Angelo, is lined with blooming gardens, a recreational trail, a unique children’s playground and a nine-hole golf course. The International Water Lily Garden, Paint Rock—home to some of the city’s oldest artifacts, including 1,000-year-old Indian pictographs—and the San Angelo Nature Center are among some of the natural gems of San Angelo. Adding to all of this are Lake Nasworthy and Twin Buttes Reservoir, perfect for boating, fishing and watersports, and the 7,500-acre San Angelo State Park, which features ample opportunities for hiking, hunting, birding, cycling, horseback riding and more.
A vibrant cultural community lies within San Angelo as well, with year-round musical presentations, theatrical productions, galleries and an exciting list of family-friendly events. The Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage welcomes a variety of shows including the annual Cactus Jazz and Blues Festival and the enormously popular July 3rd Symphony POPS Concert, while the adjacent San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts houses an acclaimed permanent collection and excellent traveling exhibitions. The San Angelo Symphony, Civic Ballet, Civic Theatre, Paint Brush Alley, Historic Murals, Chicken Farm Art Center and the newest addition of art from the Great Reveal are also integral parts of the cultural landscape of the city.
San Angelo is home to exceptional public, charter and private educational opportunities. Angelo State University, Howard College and American Commercial College offer a broad range of higher educational opportunities. Prime healthcare resources are offered on three hospital campuses and at a number of urgent care clinics, specialized treatment centers and more. City government remains steadfast in providing its residents, businesses and visitors with the finest in public services, programs and facilities—ultimately establishing a rising quality of life for the community members of San Angelo.