Cactustown Texas

- Twelve miles outside of San Angelo a blue buffalo sits perched high on a wagon wheel, symbolic to Native Americans as a sign of faith and survival. Or at least that is the legend that originates out of Cactustown Texas, home to 150 different varieties of cactus plants.

"The cactustown idea started out as something to bring families, people of all ages to share history and horticulture that would be educational as well as entertaining. Especially entertaining for all five senses is what I'm working on," Cactustown owner Michael Mosman said.

Known as "Cactus Mike", Michael Mosman specializes in growing and wholesaling a wide variety of cactus plants that he has distributed as far as Las Vegas, Nevada for landscaping of commercial buildings and hotels. The current drought conditions have had little effect on Cactustown as the desert plant makes for great water conservation efforts.

"A lot of both commercial and residential properties have decided to take out some of that grass that's using so much water and add a few desert plants mixed with some gravel or some mulch to make it look beautiful add some color and texture not just flat and barren. Therefore saving water, but still pleasing to the eye," Mosman said.

If you're looking for something a little less prickly "The Western Preserve" may be for you. A pickers paradise, the preserve features a large number of antique pieces from wagons, soda bottles, tools and western art. A work in progress Cactus Mike says the ranch will be forever growing and expanding. From more information visit the website at or like them on Facebook at Cactus Town Texas.

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