The mystique and legends of America's Wild West have captured the imagination of generations around the world. Western movies and the cowboy way of life are what legends are made of.  Earlier this year, True West Magazine named San Angelo the Number 1 spot on the list of "Top True Western Towns in the U.S."

The honor is based on how towns preserved their Old West history through historic buildings, museums and other institutions, historic resources and local old west events. When you consider the competition from towns like Prescott, Arizona, Casper Wyoming and Tombstone, Arizona this is an honor not taken lightly.

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One of the best local western themed events is the San Angelo Cowboy Gathering. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the San Angelo Cowboy Gathering.

According to the official website, The San Angelo Cowboy gathering is a gathering that celebrates the cowboy way of life and western swing music.  This year's event benefits House of Faith a local non profit and gets underway September 9th and 10th at the First Financial Pavillion at 50 E. 43rd Street in San Angelo.

R.V. Reservations are being taken starting this week at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo office.

Fans from around the country are expected this year at the San Angelo Cowboy gathering. Get those tickets and get ready to celebrate the allure and experiences of a bygone era. Get your tickets and RV reservations because they will go fast. With the hustle and bustle of modern life, this could be the perfect opportunity to disconnect and re-live a culture that was once at the center of what tamed a continent.


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