Four Historical Trails
David O'Neill was a former Eagle Scout in Concho Valley Council and had hiked the Fort Concho and Fort McKavett trails as a Scout. After moving to Buffallo Trail Council as a professional Scouter, he became interested in Ft. Davis and felt a need to develop a trail there. It was approved by the Boy Scouts of America in 2007 and has become a part of the approved historical trails of the BSA.
To help the youth to become a part of this history, the Concho Valley Council established three historical trails for youth and adults to hike and become eligible for a historical patch, and in the case of one trail, a metal.
The patch and metal were designed by Scouter Ray Kedziora, using a photo of an old dead tree with the fort flag pole in the background. Edward J. Trust, a senior at Angelo State University and James L. Dreyer, a local radio announcer, developed a slide show to promote the trail. This trail is still in use today with a revised trail guide that requires a person to fill in the blanks as they hike the trail and does not require one to camp overnight or cook meals at Camp Sol Mayer.
The outline of the Fort McKavett HIstorical Trail can be viewed and downloaded at Fort McKavett Historical Trail.
The next trail that was established was the Fort Concho Historical Trail on October 1, 1981, that started at the old Fireman’s Park on Concho Street in downtown San Angelo and went two miles to end up at Fort Concho. The hikers, using a “fill in the blanks” guide sheet, walked through historical San Angelo and learned about the early settlement before crossing the North Concho River and walking through Fort Concho. The walk and tour took about two hours. The trail is still popular today and used mostly by Cub Scouts. The trail has been updated twice, once in 1996 by Frank Hilton and again in 2006 by Suzanne Campbell, Curator of the West Texas Collection and Lisa Mahler, Office Manager at Concho Valley Council, BSA. Also, a new patch was designed in 2006 by Hugh Campbell of San Angelo.
The outline of the Fort Concho Historical Traill can be viewed and downloaded at: Fort Concho Historical Trail.
All three trails and guides
were developed under the guidance of Frank T. Hilton, then Program Director
of the Concho Valley Council, who wrote the trail guides.
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