When there’s a sign that says “Museum” I’m always intrigued. Having frequently passed a sign on I10 near Fort Stockton that says “Annie Riggs Museum” I finally decided it was time. Especially since we needed to stop for the night and there was a new Fairfield Inn in Fort Stockton.
I bet Fort Stockton is typical of west Texas towns. Originally the local spring served wandering tribes, then a town grew (fort, county seat, stage stop, and eventually train depot), followed by the oil boom. I was impressed by the interest in keeping their history visible.
Welcome to Fort Stockton:
Annie Riggs Museum and environs:
Of course there was a fort called Fort Stockton. It reminded me of Fort Verde in Arizona because there were no palisades. Western movies gave a mistaken notion about what a fort looked like.