Arthur Stilwell’s “DREAM OF STEAM”
703 S Chadbourne St
San Angelo TX, 76903
Date: September 8, 2022 to September 11, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm
Experience a historical play and a special exhibit of the life and work of Arthur Stilwell, the railroad, and San Angelo. The tale of the man who put San Angelo on the map! Enjoy champagne and appetizers on the platform, following the performance. Dream of Steam is the true tale of a beautiful depot that changed the trajectory of a little West Texas town. Sept. 8, 9, 10 performances at 7-9 p and 8-10p each day. Sept. 11, 2:30 Matinee. Tickets go on sale in August! **In celebration of our 25th Anniversary tickets are $25**
Visit the Arthur Stilwell Exhibit beginning September 8th.
Arthur Stillwell was a wheeler-dealer who could charm the money right out of your pockets. He was so successful, in fact, that he built 2,300 miles of railway, founded over a dozen towns, and named several of them after himself.
In 1910 he opened the two-story depot in San Angelo for his new railway, the Kansas City, Mexico, and Orient Line. It was such a hot property that San Angelo wrestled Sweetwater to be the headquarters for the line. Stillwell dreamed that the railway would cross Mexico, the “treasure chest of the west,” and make investors a fortune by shipping goods from China and Japan through Mexico.
His lovely and loving wife Jenny knew a few things about the dreams her restless husband had. And Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa knew a few more about the way dreams can turn into nightmares.