DescriptionThe town of Fort Stockton dates from 1858, when the U.S. Army established a cavalry post on the site. The first stores opened in 1870, and the community prospered as a trade center for a large ranching empire. The Yates oil field was discovered around 1925 in eastern Pecos County. Giant drilling rigs are part of the landscape, and the oil and gas industries are the mainstays of the local economy. Measuring 20 feet long by 11 feet tall and weighing 860 pounds, the giant roadrunner statue affectionately called Paisano Pete is a town landmark.
The Overland-Butterfield Stage Stop, 20 miles east on US 290 and I-10, is a reconstructed stage remount stand from the San Antonio-San Francisco route. Originally 1.5 miles southwest, the stand was dismantled and rebuilt on the present site using the original stones.
Visitor InfoFort Stockton Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center 1000 Railroad Ave. FORT STOCKTON, TX 79735. Phone:(432)336-2264 or (800)336-2166
Self-guiding toursBrochures about historic downtown, including old Fort Stockton, are available from the chamber of commerce visitor center.
Things to SeeAnnie Riggs Memorial Museum