San Angelo, TX

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Completed in 1911, this former U.S. Federal Courthouse and Post Office is today the O. C. Fisher Federal Building. Neither the card nor the building are particularly inspiring, but I did live in San Angelo, Texas, for a short time in 1969, and this card reminds me of how short all the trees were, how the heat and dryness stunted just about everything. If I had not managed to find a copy of John Jake’s “Brak the Barbarian” at a grocery store, and the liquor stores on the edge of town (just over the line on land bought by the town fathers just before they voted the town dry), I might not have survived the experience. The trees, by the way,shown here in 1933, are almost to the top of the building now. I give them credit for trying.

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