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The Lighter Side of the Frontier

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Nothing says summer relief better than a jump into some cool waters, and when not fishing, the citizens often took advantage of a cool swim. This circa 1900 shot of a family or friends outing reflects the modesty of the age with the full body swim suits, and note how many are staring right into the camera lens. Another smaller group on the river bank prefer to watch.

By Robert F. Bluthardt
Site Manager, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark

Published November 2012

In the last 30 years of the nineteenth century, San Angelo, Texas, developed from a “whiskey village,” serving the soldiers of Fort Concho, to a thriving trade and commercial center, where 6,000 folks lived, worked, and, yes, played! We sometimes forget that the need for recreation, entertainment, and amusement is both timeless and universal. Our ancestors at Fort Concho and in our community made good use of the natural resources, available equipment and their imagination to provide a break from the daily chores and routines we might find unbearable in the modern age. These photos, selected from the fort’s large collection, cover some of that era’s amusements and diversions. Some remain with us, and some have faded away, but all reflect a truly different age.

The bicycle craze captured the nation in the 1890s, and San Angelo was no exception. This staged photo represents the San Angelo Wheelmen, a period bike club. The rock ledges of the Concho River create an impressive background for this serious group. Both the bikes and the horses in the top section would be left behind by the automobile craze a generation later.


2012 Photo Contest Winners

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Published September & October 2012

Every entry in the 2012 Ranch & Rural Living Photo Contest deserves an award, there were so many excellent photographs submitted. Unfortunately, we could only recognize the top picks in the limited space we had available in our print magazine. As usual, we will eventually use many of the fine photos entered by our talented readers in coming months in advertisements and occasionally as covers.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s contest. All participants should have already received via email a list of winning entries. Displayed here are all winning entries, including ties.

Photos this year were judged by professional photographer Jim Bean of Jim Bean Professional Photography in San Angelo, and by the magazine staff.  Entries were judged on a weighted point system with points awarded by each of our judges independently. Points were tallied, and the entries with greatest number of points won.

From the character study by Connie Thompson in the People category to the beautiful stop motion nature photography of Madolyn Nasworthy’s hummingbird capture in the Animals and Nature category, the entries in this year’s Ranch & Rural Living Photo Contest were interesting, well composed and possessed great eye appeal. You'll find here the winners, from place 1 to 4 of all categories.

Look for other contest photos in future issues in our print magazine's advertisements and articles.  Congratulations again to the winners of this year’s contest. We look forward to many more quality entries in 2013. We'll have online entry available by mid-January 2013. Thanks to all photographers for participating in the contest.


Ag Professor Gil Engdahl to Lead Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Assoc.

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Dr. Gil Engdahl visits Angelo State University’s Mangement, Instruction and Research Center at least a couple times a week. He stops for a photo with some of the Rambouillet flock at the ASU ranch. Photos by Gary Cutrer.

By Gary Cutrer

Published August 2012

Longtime ag educator Gil Engdahl of San Angelo has been elected to lead Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association as president for the August 2012 through July 2013 year. Engdahl has served on the faculty of the Agriculture Department at Angelo State University since 1976 and served as head of the department from 1997 until June 2012.

During his tenure at ASU, he has seen the number of students with agriculture majors grow from a freshman class size of about 20 students in 1976 to around 190 freshmen entering school this academic year.

Engdahl brings his knowledge of sheep and goats and agriculture background to the job as president of TSGRA, along with his skill in the psychology of relating to people. His easy going nature has served him well as he has counseled and advised students over the years and worked with faculty members of ASU’s ag department as well as with ASU administrators and staff.


Chief Lone Wolf

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By Barbara Barton

Published April 2012

Chief Lone Wolf of the Kiowas ranged from Colorado to Mexico but gave the U.S. Cavalry quite a run in Texas and made two trips to Washington to negotiate peace for his tribe. Photo courtesy of the Heart of West Texas Museum at Colorado City. Chief Lone Wolf of the Kiowas lived at a time when his tribe roamed over a large area of the Southwestern United States. He led his warriors from the mountains of Colorado to the Texas Plains and into Mexico.  Although he was ready to challenge any string of blue-coated soldiers he encountered while traveling through Texas, he  was very involved in peace negotiations.  Lone Wolf made two trips to Washington, D.C. in his lifetime trying to make a peace treaty with the Great White Father.

The Kiowa tribe had distinct appearances and ways of living.  Their braves were tall and walked with a graceful gait as they showed off their long hair.  Lone Wolf’s portrait details the fine Roman outline of his head.   The Kiowa ate mostly meat but supplemented that with fruits, berries roots and nuts.  Their tall teepees were covered with buffalo hides. Not only were their homes easy to transport but also their cooking utensils, which included hide bags and containers.  Horns of animals were made into spoons but no pottery was used.


Depot Museum Documents Railroad History

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This diesel locomotive, originally built for Northern Pacific Railroad in 1955, was donated to San Angelo's Santa Fe Depot railway museum, shown in background, by the now defunct South Orient Railroad in 2003. In October 2007 it was taken to Texas Tank Car Works, sandblasted and painted South Orient Blue. By Barbara Barton

Published November 2011

The wonderful Santa Fe Depot Museum in San Angelo almost didn’t happen.  The old dilapidated passenger and freight depot at 703 South Chadbourne in San Angelo, Texas, was destined to be torn down. Some interested souls who didn’t want that to happen got busy in 1993 and decided to save it. The City of San Angelo was the party to finally accept the building from the Santa Fe Railroad as the original group was not a non-profit organization, and time was ticking on the old building. After the Depot was preserved, there were several suggestions as to what should be done with it.

David Wood, the current president of the museum said, “Some people wanted to make it an art gallery while others wanted to divide it into office space to be rented.  Finally the group decided to develop it into a railroad museum, and it opened officially in 1996.”

The Historic Orient/Santa Fe Depot, Inc., the official name of the railway museum, tells about the formation and development of railroad lines through San Angelo and this story has many twists and turns.  When the first train made its way puffing down the Santa Fe tracks to San Angelo on September 30, 1888, thousands of people turned out for a two day celebration.  San Angeloans partied and paraded as they witnessed the train’s appearance.  By 1908, a depot was built at Fourth Street and Chadbourne Street.


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