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Near San Angelo in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sheep and Goat Industry

 
 
Sheep and Goat Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 13, 2016
1. Sheep and Goat Industry Marker
Inscription. Spanish explorers introduced sheep to the southwest in the 1500s, and Spanish missions depended on the animals for food and clothing. The first Angora goats, known for the beauty and strength of their mohair, were brought to Texas in 1853 by Col. W. W. Haupt. Pioneer of modern sheep ranching in Texas from 1857 to 1867 was George Wilkins Kendall, who encouraged others with glowing reports of the industry’s future while improving his own flocks. Kendall was one of the first to crossbreed the coarse-wooled Mexican Churro sheep with the fine-wooled Merino variety brought by European settlers.
     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.
Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 13, 2016
2. Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo
Marker is on right side at parking lot
31° 33.045′ N, 100° 30.582′ W. Marker is near San Angelo, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 87 0.6 miles south of March Road, on the right when traveling south. 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. AgricultureAnimals
 
 
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 185 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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