Near San Angelo in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Sheep and Goat Industry
The land, climate, and vegetation of the Edwards Plateau area especially suited the raising of sheep and goats. After 1870, with new markets an abundant land, the industry boomed. Ranchers fought disease, predators, deadly plants, and drouths to build their flocks. Today Texas is the leading producer of sheep and goats in the nation, and San Angelo is the major market center for these animals and their wool. Research facilities such as the San Angelo Research and Extension Center, built in 1969 through the efforts of Gen. Earl Rudder, then president of the Texas A&M system, work for the industry’s continued prosperity.
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4664.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located at the parking lot of the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7887 US 87, San Angelo TX 76901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Butterfield or California Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Butterfield Stage Station at Grape Creek (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Old Chicken Farm Art Center (approx. 5.6 miles away); City Hall (approx. 7.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); The San Angelo Standard (approx. 7.3 miles away); Tom Green County Courthouse (approx. 7.4 miles away); Charles B. Metcalfe (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Angelo.
Categories. • Agriculture • Animals •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 145 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.