Fort Stockton Travel Guide

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  • Officer's Row, Fort Stockton
    Officer's Row, Fort Stockton
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  • Annie Riggs Hotel Museum
    Annie Riggs Hotel Museum
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Fort Stockton Things to Do

  • Oldest Schoolhouse

    This school was built in 1883 and was the first school in town. The US Army used the east end of the building as a telegraph office.

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  • Oldest House

    It is believed this house, constructed in 1859 was the Sutler’s Store for Camp Stockton. It is the oldest house in town.

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  • Gray Mule Saloon

    This saloon was built in the 1890’s and was a popular hangout in Fort Stockton’s older wilder days. It now houses a coffee shop and an art gallery. I wonder what the cowboys from the early days would say about that?

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  • Commanche Springs Pool

    Commanche Springs was the largest spring in the area flowing over 65 million gallons per day. By 1938, the spring had been tapped to the point that it stopped flowing. When the spring stopped flowing, the city built a pavilion and a swimming pool on the spot. The pool was named after the spring.

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  • St Stephen's Episcopal Church

    The St Stephen’s Episcopal Church was built in 1896, in Pecos, Texas. The congregation outgrew the church and it was sold to a congregation in Fort Stockton in 1958. The church was then moved and placed on land donated by Dr. D. J. Sibley.

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  • Pecos County Courthouse

    The Pecos County Courthouse was built in 1912. To me this is how a courthouse should look. It is imposing, substantial and I admit I am a sucker for columns. Also on the grounds is a nice gazebo where they sometimes have concerts and other performances, some Veteran's Monuments, and a zero stone. A zero stone is used as a base point by surveyors.

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  • Old Jail

    This is actually the second jail built in Fort Stockton. It was completed in 1883 and enlarged in 1913. Numerous outlaws have been incarcerated here. Inside, on the first floor, are several displays relating to the jail and the sheriff's who ran it. The jail itself is on the 2nd floor. Admission is $2.

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  • Annie Riggs Hotel Museum

    This building was built in 1899 of adobe blocks with Victorian wood trim using the Territorial style of architecture, and housed a hotel managed by Annie Riggs until her death in 1931. The 14 rooms now house a collection of clothing, photographs, Indian artifacts, religious objects, and much more. Note the cattle branding irons hanging on the wall...

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  • Prehistory Displays

    There are also some interesting displays concerning the area during prehistory; like this display of arrowheads and these mammoth tusks.

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  • Hispanic Display

    They also had two rooms dedicated to the Hispanics in the area and their contributions to the history and culture of the area.

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  • Other Displays

    Through other displays they show a number of items showing the history of the area and different aspects of life important to the area.

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  • Hotel Display

    One of the main displays inside the museum consists of several rooms filled with items from when the hotel was active. This includes a common area and a renovated hotel room.

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  • Old Depot/Visitors Center

    A good first stop would be the Visitors Center located in the old railroad depot. Here you can find information about attractions, hotels and restaurants in Fort Stockton, along with maps, brochures and other assistance.

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  • Parade Ground

    In the center of the buildings on Fort Stockton you will find the parade field. The parade field is where the soldiers practiced different military drills, performed some of the maintenance and other chores, and held formal ceremonies.

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  • Officer's Row

    Of the eight officer's quarters only three remain. Only one, Officer's Quarters #7 is open to the public. There are no furnishings inside but you get an idea how the quarters were built and how the officers lived. One room was left without plaster to show how the adobe construction was performed.

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  • Old Style Wagon

    This wagon was built to resemble wagons used during the 1800s. For all my fellow John Wayne fans, this particular wagon was used in two of his films: "The Undefeated" and "The Commancheros". It is located by the guardhouse.

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  • Guardhouse

    When Fort Stockton was commissioned on the current spot the first building put up was the guardhouse, which was built in 1868. Punishment for even minor infractions was very harsh although not as harsh as before the Civil War. Prisoners were required to do "hard labor" and were sometimes held in solitary confinement. When in the main cell they were...

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  • Enlisted Barracks

    This enlisted barracks was rebuilt to be as close as possible to original. It is furnished with items similar to those that would have been in an enlisted barracks in the 1800s. The building to the right was the kitchen and dining area.

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  • Fort Stockton Museum

    There is a small museum located in one of the rebuilt buildings. It has several displays and also serves as a gift shop. This is where you will begin your tour, pay the entrance fee, and recieve a handout on the history of the fort along with a map/guide.

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  • Historic Fort Stockton

    The history of military garrisons in Fort Stockton began with the establishment of Camp Stockton in 1858. The camp was named for Commodore Robert Field Stockton who distinguished himself during thr Mexican War. The first site was southwest of the current site for the fort; near the courthouse. The US Army withdrew from the camp in 1861. During the...

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  • Visit Paisano Pete

    You have to stop and visit Paisano Pete. At 11 feet tall and 22 feet long, he is reported to be the largest roadrunner in the world. Pete is the mascot of the town and probably the most photographed attraction.

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Fort Stockton Hotels

Fort Stockton Restaurants

  • Frozen Steak and Bad Service??

    When sitting down here with my family this past Labor Day, I was pleased at the minute changes in the menu and restaurant. Once our waitress had come to greet us, however, things took a turn for the worst.First, our waitress was horribly rude to us. Second, my food tasted terrible. I had ordered steak and shrimp, the shrimp still tasted like the...

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  • Good Food, Poor Service

    K Bob's specializes in steaks but also serves, chicken and fish and have their "salad wagon". The salad wagon has a variety of fresk vegetables, fruits salads and soups and a big pot of beans. Decor is slump block with ceramic tile floors and a few western style items on twalls. Food was good but the service was not so great. The hostess asked what...

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  • For Truckers

    I was definitely getting hungry by the time I stopped at this truck stop. The décor was exactly like you would expect for a truck stop. The usual naugahyde and steel, the usual items in the gift shop. I had a Grilled Chicken Breast with a Cheese and Mushroom Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans. The food was okay but the service was kind of slow...

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