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FORT STOCKTON, TEXAS

Pecos County Seat, West Texas

I-10, Hwys 18, 385, and 285
48 miles NE of Alpine
58 miles N of Marathon
65 miles NW of Sanderson
238 miles E of El Paso
310 miles W of San Antonio
Population: 8,310 (2010)

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Ft Stckton TX West End Silhouettes
Fort Stockton West End Silhouettes
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2012
Namesake of Fort Stockton:
Robert F. Stockton by Byron Browne
Robert Stocktonís life was one of those extraordinary events that persuades and affects the lives of, not only those who were contemporaries, but also the generations that follow.

Fort Stockton Landmarks & Attractions

Ft Stckton TX East End Silhouettes
Fort Stockton East End Silhouettes
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2012
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Pecos County Courthouse ,  Fort Stockton Texas
The Pecos County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2002

The courthouse square also includes the first school (also 1883) and the "Zero Stone" which was a base point from which all West Texas land surveys originated (stone placed in 1859).


Annie Riggs Museum c.1899
Just across from the Courthouse you'll find the Annie Riggs Museum - a building that seems like you've seen it before. This was once a stage stop and hotel. It's now open as a museum. Admission.
Fort Stockton Texas Annie Riggs Museum
"The Annie Riggs Museum in Fort Stockton. Built in 1900 as the Adobe Hotel, the museum houses not only 19th- early 20th century Pecos county artifacts but also curates an Archaeological Room which contains Columbian period Mammoth tusk." - Byron Browne, July 2007 photo

The Pecos County Jail
The shady lawn and the vegetation on the courthouse square comes as a surprise. The Pecos County Jail is probably the most attractive in the state and if it wasn't for the bars, it might easily be mistaken for a home.
Pecos  County jail, Fort Stockton Texas

The former Pecos County jail in Fort Stockton
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2002
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Fort Stockton Depot
Fort Stockton's Railroad Depots

Hovey Schoolhouse - Fort Stockton, Texas
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2008
Hovey Schoolhouse

Site of Fort Stockton Centennial Marker text
Site of Fort Stockton Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009

Historic Fort Stockton

Photographer's Note:
"The historic portion of Fort Stockton, Texas. Barracks, stables, officerís quarters make up this small section of town dating back to the nineteenth century. When coming into town this area is fraternally located next to the not-quite-as-historic downtown area. This part of town is located away from the interstate and was, at least by ourselves, overlooked for some time." - Byron Browne, July 2007
Fort Stockton Historic Texas
Historic Fort Stockton
Photo courtesy Byron Browne, July 2007

Fort Stockton (the military installation) is only a stone's throw from Paisano Pete or downtown. Several buildings are restored and some are the original adobe structures.

Not far from the Fort is the Old Fort Cemetery. Follow the signs.

Ft Stockton guardhouse
The restored guardhouse at old Ft. Stockton
Photo Courtesy Jason Penney
The oldest house in Ft Stockton
The Oldest House in Ft. Stockton is an adobe structure that has had a roof built over it to prevent additional deterioration. Just SW of the Courthouse
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Paisano Pete
The favorite photo opportunity West of Ozona
Paisano Pete: World's Largest Roadrunner

Photo Courtesy Jason Penney

Comanche Springs:
In James Rooney Memorial County Park
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Just east of the courthouse square. Comanche Springs was an oasis for animals and humans alike. This made it an excellent hunting ground for the aboriginals and a logical spot for a stagecoach stop and military installation. Although there is a large pool in the park, the springs themselves have dried up due to pumping for irrigation purposes.
Comanche Spring, Fort Stockton Texas
"Comanche Spring, Fort Stockton, Texas
Daily flow 21 million gallons"

Vintage photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com

Fort Stockton, Texas vintage photo
Fort Stockton in 1884
Photo courtesy Fort Concho Museum
old church in Ft Stockton
The Episcopal Church shows the simple yet detailed architecture style of the late 19th century Photo Courtesy Jason Penney
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Fort Stockton Events:

Memorial Day - Annual Menudo Cook Off (Cartoon by Roger T. Moore)
Fort Stockton Tourist Information

Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce: 1-800-336-2166
Visitor's Information Center 915-336-8052

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A cow and cactus on Texas range, Fort STockton, Texas
"You Can't See Me".
A cow on the range in Fort Stockton

Photo courtesy John Stankewitz
Pecos County TX 1940s Map
Pecos County 1940s map
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Fort Stockton, Texas
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