Featured image: Fort Concho (photo credit: Fort Concho National Historic Landmark)
From 1866 to the early 1890s, four regiments of African American solders nicknamed “Buffalo Soldiers” by the Native American tribes that fought in the Indian Wars, served in the Great Plains and U.S. Southwest. All four regiments were stationed at Fort Concho in San Angelo, Texas.
The fort was built in 1867 along the banks of the Concho River. During its peak, the fort supported as many as 500 military personnel on 1,600 acres. Today, it’s a national historic landmark owned and operated by the City of San Angelo. Twenty-three of the original 40 buildings are still standing and have been preserved.
Every year, the Fort Concho Buffalo Soldier Living History Unit celebrates the history and heritage of the African-American soldiers who served at Fort Concho and other forts across the United States. This year’s Buffalo Soldier Heritage Day is Sunday, February 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and features education programs and living history demonstrations. Admission is free.
Self-guided and guided tours of the fort are available year-round. If you choose a self-guided tour, fort staff gives you a map and tips on how to maximize your visit, and answers your questions about the fort and its history.
Fort Concho’s grounds are open 362 days a year, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The fort is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Self-guided tours are available 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Self-guided tours cost $3 adults ages 18-59, $2 military personnel and seniors age 60 and older, $1.50 students ages 7-17, and free for children six and younger.
Guided tours range from an hour to hour and a half and offered daily at these times:
- Wednesday-Friday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Guided tours cost $5 adults ages 18-59, $4 military personnel and seniors age 60 and older, $3 students ages 7-17, and free for children six and younger.
Fort Concho is located at 630 South Oakes Street in San Angelo. For more information, visit the fort’s website or call (325) 657-4444.
San Angelo is 274 miles southwest of Dallas and 364 miles northwest of Houston.