This community is noted for its wool and mohair market, livestock auctions and agriculture. A variety of industries, medical facilities, the Goodfellow Air Force Base and Angelo State University lend diversity. The city is home to a symphony orchestra, a civic ballet and the Cactus Music Series. Birding in and around the Concho Valley features more than 332 species. Pearl seekers find Concho River Pearls formed in freshwater mussels. (An annual permit is required from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.)

The old Cactus Hotel, built in 1929, is among the first Hilton Hotels. It houses a children's museum. The Crystal Ballroom is worth a peek.

Also of interest are the International Water Lily Collection in Civic League Park (www.internationalwaterlilycollection.com) and the Old Chicken Farm Art Center. (www.chickenfarmartcenter.com). The downtown River Walk features gardens, water displays, playgrounds, a walking trail and a nine-hole golf course.

Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and noon-4 p.m. Sun.

418 W. Avenue B.





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