San Angelo, Texas

PART ONE: THE CONCHO RIVER AND ITS PEARLS

We will start with several views of the Concho River in downtown San Angelo:

Naturally, official buildings and some very nice residences --like this one-- are built along such a scenic river:

The river would be just a trickle in the dry season were it not for several dams, of course, but where there is water there is scenery:

If you are only interested in photos and could care less about the pearls found in this river and its reservoirs and the animal that produces them, then don't read the rest of this page but go on the next page (linked below).

The last two photos were taken at the Visitors Center, which is featured on the next page.

I was told the river Concho was named after the fresh-water mussels that can be found in that river, ones that often produce pearls, some of gem quality with a purple tinge. 

Of course it is and is not quite like that. 

Conch is a word for the shells of animals, including snails and mussels and several others. 

It is the Tampico Pearly mussel that is of interest, it does do what is described, often makes pearls and some are fantastic quality.  You can buy them, and with a Texas fishing license you can hunt for them yourself.  You will be following in the footsteps of Spanish explorers hunting for treasure, as described in this very nice, somewhat humorous, and comprehensive article on the Conchologists of America, Inc. website.

The article describes the history and current status of seeking for the sometimes gem-quality freshwater pearls advertised to be for sale, or for self-harvesting, in San Angelo:

TO READ MORE, please go to the Conchologists of America, Inc. website, my source for the above quotations.

Go to Part Two: THE "DOS ANGELOS" STORY

Go to Part Three: THE LILYPADS STORY

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