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Fort Stockton, Texas

The town of Fort Stockton developed with the establishment of the military post in 1859, an outpost on the Butterfield Overland Mail Route at the crossing of Old San Antonio Road and the ancient Comanche War Trail. Popular with Native Americans long before white men arrived because of the large springs nearby, the area was one of earliest irrigated farming efforts in Texas; some 8,000 acres were irrigated as early as 1877.

As the seat of Pecos County, Fort Stockton is the retail and shipping headquarters for vast ranching, natural gas and oil activities, and major a West Texas crossroads. Hunting is excellent for mule deer and pronghorn antelope.

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Courthouse Square

Historic features include courthouse (1883), first Catholic Church (1875), first schoolhouse (1883), and Zero Stone placed by survey party in 1859, used as origin point for all land surveys in this part of West Texas. Nearby St. Stephens Episcopal Church (1872)

Fort Stockton, TX Historic Courthouses

Tunis Creek Stagecoach Stop

Former way station on Butterfield Overland Mail Route; later a Texas Ranger station. Historic structure was moved to a highway rest area on U.S. 290, 20

Fort Stockton, TX Pioneer History

Annie Riggs Hotel Museum

The old hotel, built in 1899, was built on this stage route. Restored and maintained by local historical society. Fourteen rooms display area collections; 19

Fort Stockton, TX Museums

Old Fort Cemetery

Records on existing tombstones indicate few people lived beyond age 40;

Fort Stockton, TX Cemeteries

Historic Fort Stockton

Typical frontier military post established 1858 as Camp Stockton; abandoned in 1886. Fort consisted of 35 buildings made of adobe and hand-hewn limestone. Four original buildings remain: Three of the eight officers' quarters, and guardhouse with jailer'

Fort Stockton, TX Historic Forts

Things to do near Fort Stockton, TX

James Rooney County Park

Green and spacious park on southern edge of city at historic Comanche Springs. Swimming, picnicking and tennis courts....

Tunis Creek Stagecoach Stop

Former way station on Butterfield Overland Mail Route; later a Texas Ranger station. Historic structure was moved to a highwa...

Fort Davis National Historic Site

When pioneers and gold seekers surged west in the mid-1800s, national concern focused on secure travel routes. In Texas, near...

The Meteor Crater

The Meteor Crater, approximately 550 feet in diameter, is the second largest in the nation. The crater is the result of a bar...