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Annie Riggs Memorial Museum (top) and Guardhouse (bottom) in Fort Stockton Historic District

Courtesy of the Fort Stockton Historical Society
Fort Stockton was one of several U.S. Army outposts established on the western frontier of Texas in 1858. The site was the location of "Comanche Springs," a major source of water for local tribes and settlers. The fort provided protection for settlers, as well as the San Antonio-El Paso road. The buildings in the historic district represent a frontier settlement that developed around a military outpost. The fort and buildings thrived until the Civil War, when the fort was abandoned to Confederate forces. Buildings associated with the fort and early development of the community include: three adobe structures, constructed between 1867 and 1868, used as the Officers' Quarters; the Guardhouse, built in 1868; the 1894 Koehler store; the Grey Mule Saloon, constructed in the 1880s to serve the troops stationed at Fort Stockton; and the c.1900 Annie Riggs Hotel, an early frontier establishment.

The Fort Stockton Historic District is located at the east edge of the town of Fort Stockton off I-10. The Annie Riggs Hotel is operated as the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum at 301 S. Main St. and is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Saturday, and from June-August also open Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm. For further information, visit the city of Fort Stockton's website.



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