San Angelo, TX Honored as Top True Western Town by True West Magazine!
Article as appeared in True West Magazine
Col. Ranald Mackenzie ended the bloody Red River Indian War with a decisive victory
in 1874 at Palo Duro Canyon, near San Angelo, Texas. It’s just part of a place filled with
history and celebrated through museums, historic buildings and festivals.
That is why San Angelo is #1 among True West Magazine’s 2020 Top Western Towns.
They will be featured in the February-March 2020 issue, hitting newsstands on February
The story of Palo Duro (and others) is told at the Fort Concho National Historic
Landmark. It offers exhibits, artifacts and tours of 23 original and restored structures.
Then there is the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo, begun in 1932 and dedicated to
promoting the agricultural way of life, drawing 200,000 people over three weeks. Walk
the “stairway to heaven” to the second floor above Legend Jewelers to Miss Hattie’s
Bordello Museum. Watch craftsmen work in the window of bootmaker M.L. Leddy’s and
visit the Santa Fe Depot and Railway Museum. The fiberglass sheep adorning the
sidewalks may seem a bit out of place, but they honor San Angelo’s status as a major
wool producer. Downtown’s best feature might be its 13 large murals. They depict
historical scenes such as a rumbling stagecoach. One commemorates the late-great
Western writer Elmer Kelton, a San Angelo resident.
“San Angelo, which located away from most big cities, is a great example of the living
Old West,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “But it’s more than just a
place from the past. The local folks have done a great job in recent years of presenting
the town to the world, not only in buildings but in events. There’s no question: San
Angelo is the Top True Western Town.”
This is the 15th year True West has presented this annual award. Editors base their
selection on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old
buildings, museums and other institutions, events, and promotions of historic resources.
True West magazine is in its 68th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of
Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more
information, visit TWMag.com or call 888-687-1881.
Contact: Stuart Rosebrook