Fort Concho, established in 1867, is located in San Angelo, Texas, and was established in order to protect frontier settlements, establish law & order as settlers moved in, and patrol and map the West Texas region. It served as regimental headquarters for the 4th and 10th Cavalry (a couple of famous frontier units). Notable military commander William ‘Pecos Bill’ Shafter commanded here as well. At its full capacity, Fort Concho supported 400-500 men.
The Fort, which originally consisted of at least 40 buildings on 1600 acres and was deactivated in June of 1889, has 24 remaining structures.
We chose to do the self-guided tour but they do offer guided tours if you prefer that instead.
After checking in at the visitors center at Fort Concho, we headed across the parade field to begin our tour at the officer’s quarters. The first building is locked and not viewable as it is available for rent (we do plan on coming back to rent it to stay the night, supposedly it is haunted).
So we moved onto Officers Quarters No 3 which was open.
Like most restored Forts, areas within the buildings are decorated in period times and “roped” off so to speak with plexiglass which protects the historical items while allowing you to view them.
Next, we headed over to the schoolhouse (which was also used as a chapel). It’s crazy to think that classrooms used to be this small. And this wasn’t just for a grade level, but all grade levels!
Next we headed to the old hospital and then to the headquarters building.
Before heading to check out the barracks and chow hall, we headed to the Fort Concho living history stables where you can find some mules to hang out with for a while and learn about how mules were used during that time period. Fun fact, these guys (and gal) enjoyed the loving they received from us so much so that they followed us into the stables from outside lol.
After the stables we headed to our last stop, the barracks and chow hall (aka mess hall).
There are several other buildings on the grounds, however they are not available for viewing as they are rented spaces. Meaning you can rent those building for functions or for an overnight visit.
Overall, we really enjoyed visiting this historical fort and can’t wait to spend the night in the officers quarters!
Visiting Fort Concho
630 S. Oakes St.
San Angelo, Texas 76903
Hours & Ticket Prices
Fort Concho ticket prices and hours are subject to change, always check their website for the most up to date information before heading out.
Guided Tours at Fort Concho last up to one and a half hours and include stops at each of the site’s tour buildings.
Wednesday – Friday : 10:00, 11:30, 1:30 & 3:00
Saturday: 10:00 & 1:30
Adult: $5.00 Military: $4.00 Senior (60 & above): $4.00 Students (7-17): $3.00
Children (6 & Under): free
Adult: $3.00 Military: $2.00
Senior (60 & above): $2.00
Students (7-17): $1.50
Children (6 & Under): free