August 23rd and 24th marks the 131st anniversary of the flash flood event in Ben Ficklin, which occurred in 1882. At that time, the county seat for Tom Green County was located in the community of Ben Ficklin. Very heavy rainfall, and rising water along the South Concho River and its tributaries, resulted in flash flooding in the Ben Ficklin area. This flooding destroyed most of the town and killed 65 people. Following this event, the county seat was moved to San Angelo.
Information on this flash flood event comes from a book entitled, "Flash Floods in Texas," by Jonathan Burnett.