The Pioneers of San Angelo

San Angelo lies within the Concho Valley of west Texas approximately 3 or so hours from DFW.  A lovely city really, much larger than I remember from my last visit many years ago.   My friend and I were on a paranormal weekend with our final destination being the Old Parke Hotel in Ballinger, TX.  We spent Friday night in San Angelo simply because it offered more for sightseeing.  If you have lunch or dinner at Alejandra's in Ballinger, make sure you get the sopapilla with strawberries and whipped cream.

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The Ben Ficklin cemetery is a small cemetery if you consider the number of graves.  It holds graves of a number of Tom Green County pioneers, many of them without headstones.  It was also once known as the Metcalfe-Spence Cemetery named after Charles B. Metcalfe.   Even though this cemetery small and is set back a little from the road, its appearance got my attention.

After snapping a few pics of the cemetery, we went over to Fort Concho.  The property is open but there is a visitors center (it was closed when we arrived).  Only a couple of buildings had open  doors so we didn't get to see a lot but the signage gave us a good idea of the operations of this historic military installation.  

Sadly abduction of children by the Comanches was not uncommon.   A return visit to this area is definitely needed.  Many quaint little towns dot this area and I suspect many stories of the pioneers fighting the Comanches.  I hope there are many more paranormal stories too!