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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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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

Old Fort Cemetery

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

Fort Stockton, TX Cemeteries

Visitor Information Center

For information on dining, accommodations, events, and other area information, stop by the center at I-10 and U.S. 285. The center also offers Roadrunner Bus Tours Mon. - Fri. at 1 and 4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. at 2 p.m. The tour covers 16

Fort Stockton, TX Visitors Centers

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

Things to do near Fort Stockton, TX

Vista Hills Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Chamizal National Memorial

Cites amicable settlement of long-standing border dispute between U.S. and Mexico, in an area by the Rio Grande where a new c...

Woodward Agate Ranch

Source of famed Texas agates (red plume, pompom, and a rainbow of other types) colorful jasper, labradorite feldspar, calcite...

Monahans Sandhills Visitor Center

The Dunagan Visitor Center at Monahans Sandhills State Park features hands-on exhibits of the cultural and natural history of...