Fort Stockton

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In 1859, the US military established Fort Stockton to gain control of Comanche Springs, which formed an oasis in the midst of arid West Texas. In the town that grew up beside the fort, a colorful mix of hardy pioneers—Peter Gallagher, Cesario Torres, Frank Rooney, Father Jose Ferra, Annie Frazier Johnson Riggs, and others—struggled (and sometimes fought) to construct a viable farming and ranching community in the vast, isolated terrain of Pecos County. Later, railroads, highways, air bases, oil, natural gas, and wind farms joined water as forces shaping the city's history. A century and a half after its founding, Fort Stockton is an innovative city with high-tech dreams, yet the traces and tales of its Old West heritage remain vividly alive along the banks of Comanche Creek.
ISBN: 9780738584942
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 224
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author James Collett grew up in Pecos County. He has written on a wide range of historic topics in the area and is also the author of Images of America: Midland. The Fort Stockton Historical Society, founded in 1954, operates the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum, Historic Fort Stockton, and other historic properties. The majority of the photographs in this book come from the Fort Stockton Historical Society archives.
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