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3401 W Dickinson Blvd
Fort Stockton, TX 79735
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Created by artist Brian Norwood, this group of sculptures forms a poignant sight against the azure sky. The I-10 Silhouettes can be found to the east and west of Fort Stockton on the southern side of the highway. On the west you will encounter a small group of Cormanche hunters, titled "Looking to the East". The group leader can be seen alerting his party to the possible danger posed by the soldiers marching from the east. The second set of sculptures can be found just beyond the eastern side of city and are clearly visible beyond the old adobe hangar by the highway. Appropriately titled "Marching to Fort Stockton", the sculptures depict members of the U.S. Cavalry marching towards the city. Both clusters are clearly visible just off the highway.
A popular tourist attraction, at 10 feet tall and 22 feet long, the Paisano Pete Statue could be the world's largest roadrunner.
The town of Fort Stockton has enjoyed an eventful history and boasts a rich heritage, the signs of which can be seen amidst its many historic buildings that still stand even today. Perhaps the most iconic of them is the historic Pecos County Courthouse. Although the courthouse was originally built in 1883, its current appearance is a reflection of the extensive changes that were made to its facade in 1911 as part of a remodeling project. Nevertheless, the courthouse still makes a rather stately sight that possesses a beauty of its own. Around the square that lies before the courthouse you will find a number of other historic buildings including the town's first schoolhouse, the first Catholic Church, the "zero stone" and a lovely gazebo, all of which can be dated back to the mid to late 1800s. While most of these structures are neither elaborate nor regal, they all posses the quite charm of a structure that has remained untouched even as the city around it grows and changes with time.
Appropriately named in memory of Annie Riggs, this museum is housed within the very boarding house this frontier woman once owned and managed. This adobe structure was build in the late 1800s and is an excellent example of territorial architecture. The thirteen rooms that make up the house have been refurnished to resemble what the hotel would have looked like in its heyday, while the numerous exhibits on display chronicle the region's the rich and colorful history. Here you will find a host of intriguing artifacts including a desk from the office of the murderous Sheriff A.J. Royal, the tusks of a Columbian Mammoth, a restored buggy and an ill-fated ballot box that was retrieved from the depths of the Pecos river. Each artifact has a fascinating story of its own, making it easy to while away hours exploring the many treasures that are enclosed within these walls. Whether you are a local history buff, an architecture enthusiast or just a curious traveler, the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum has something for everyone.
Although the U.S. military had established its base in Fort Stockton in 1858 itself, the original post was abandoned a few years later and was replaced by the existing fort in 1867 after the end of the Civil War by Colonel Edward Hatch. The fort remained occupied for the next 19 years before it too was abandoned. While the Historic Fort Stockton once boasted a collection of 35 buildings, only four have survived. Of these three are the original Officers’ Quarters and the fourth is a limestone guard house. Apart from these four structures, the site also encompasses the original parade grounds and two Enlisted Men's Barracks that have been reconstructed based upon original blueprints and excavation findings. One of the barracks has been converted into a museum and visitors center. Here you will find videos that illuminate the fort's intriguing history alongside original artifacts and exhibits that deal with the "Buffalo Soldiers" who once resided here.