“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Pecos County Texas Historical Markers

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By Brian Anderson, August 30, 2019
Annie Riggs Hotel
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 171 — Annie Riggs Hotel
Fort Stockton's first hotel of significance. Built 1900. Adobe, with "gingerbread" trim. Large verandas, dining room, parlors, guest rooms. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1966 (Supplemental Plaque) . . . — Map (db m138957) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 1096 — Courthouse, Jail and Zero Stone
Courthouse and jail built 1883 of native sandstone. Nearby Zero Stone place in 1859 as first reference point of local surveys. Recorded Texas Historical Landmark - 1966Map (db m139405) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 2023 — Fort StocktonCSA
(Front): After Federal evacuation at start of Civil War, occupied by 2nd Regiment Texas Mounted Rifles. On far western frontier defense line. Supply post for troops going to and from Arizona-New Mexico campaign 1861-1862, designed to make . . . — Map (db m63592) HM WM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 2021 — Fort Stockton Guard House
Founded in 1859, Fort Stockton was abandoned during the Civil War and reestablished in 1867, when this guard house was built. Stone for the structure was quarried locally. The lumber was hauled from Indianola by oxcart. The Guard House consisted of . . . — Map (db m56547) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 2022 — Fort Stockton Officers' Quarters
When Fort Stockton was rebuilt in 1867 to protect the route to El Paso, seven homes were erected for officers' families. Built with rock foundations and thick adobe walls, the structures faced the parade ground. Nearby were located corrals, carriage . . . — Map (db m81871) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 2283 — Grey Mule Saloon
Part of Old Fort Stockton; built in 1880's. Hangout for cowboys and hotel guests. Later a store and post office. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1966 (Supplemental Plaque) Entered in the National . . . — Map (db m138958) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 2583 — Hovey School
About 1910 a railroad stop named Hovey was established about 40 miles west of here on the Kansas City, Mexico, and Orient Railroad. By 1913 Hovey contained a depot, post office/general store, and several stock shipping pens. Hovey school was . . . — Map (db m138959) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 2971 — Koehler's Saloon and Store
Built 1870's of field stone. Herman Koehler in 1884 opened saloon at one end, general store and bank at other. Later second story was added. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1966Map (db m138960) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 12473 — O. W. Williams
Kentucky native Oscar Waldo Williams (1853-1946) graduated from Harvard with a law degree in 1876 and moved to Texas in search of a drier climate. He worked as a land surveyor as the South Plains opened for settlement and in 1884 accepted a job as . . . — Map (db m138961) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 3684 — Oil and Gas Industry in Pecos County
Located in the petroleum-rich Permian Basin, Pecos is one of the most prolific oil-and gas-producing counties in Texas. The petroleum business here began about 1900 with the drilling of the Turney well near an ancient "seep", a traditional local . . . — Map (db m138962) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 3731 — Old Fort Cemetery
Burial ground for soldiers stationed at Fort Stockton and for civilians in the little town that grew up around the post. The fort was established 1859; temporarily closed 1861-1867. Troops here protected the San Antonio-San Diego mail line and . . . — Map (db m82348) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 3973 — Pecos County
Formed from Presidio County Created May 3, 1871 Organized March 9, 1875 On March 9, 1875, the following county officers were elected: George M. Frazer, Chief Justice Cesario Torres, Commissioner Francis Rooney, Commissioner . . . — Map (db m136354) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 4757 — Site of Comanche Springs
Used as a watering place and camping ground by Indians since pre-Columbian times, the springs were possibly visited about 1536 by Spaniard Cabeza de Vaca on his wanderings through Texas. The expedition of Juan de Mendoza, with his party of Spaniards . . . — Map (db m73285) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 4798 — Site of Fort Stockton
Established on the Comanche Trail, March 23, 1859, as a protection to the San Antonio-San Diego mail route. Named in honor of Commodore Robert Field Stockton, 1795-1866, who captured California for the United States. A stage stand on the San Diego . . . — Map (db m84320) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 5048 — St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Efforts to establish a Catholic church in the area began shortly after the Civil War when Fort Stockton was reoccupied by United States troops. The first services were conducted in 1872 by Father Claude Jaillet and Father Adolfo Guichon. . . . — Map (db m138963) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — 4488 — St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Originally constructed at Pecos (54 mi. NW) in 1896, this building served the congregation of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. In 1958 it was sold to members of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Fort Stockton and moved to this site. Located on property . . . — Map (db m80279) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Fort Stockton — Tunis Creek Stage Coach Stop
Replica of San Antonio and San Diego overland stage coach stop. This building was constructed of the stone from the original site which is ½ mile south-east of this location near Tunis Springs. The remains of a large Comanche Indian camp still . . . — Map (db m73308) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Girvin — 2564 — Horse Head Crossing on the Pecos River
Here crossed the undated Comanche Trail from Llano Estacado to Mexico. In 1850 John R. Bartlett while surveying the Mexican boundary found the crossing marked by skulls of horses; hence the name “Horse Head”. The Southern Overland Mail . . . — Map (db m53225) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Iraan — 14031 — Giddings' Pecos Station
In the mid-19th century, stagecoach lines were a primary means of moving people, mail and supplies through the region. The U.S. government contracted with Henry Skillman for the San Antonio-El Paso Stage line in 1851. In this area, the route ran . . . — Map (db m150327) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Iraan — 2650 — Iraan
In 1922 three local businessmen, O. W. Parker, George Thompson, and I. G. Yates, leased the drilling rights on twenty sections of ranch land to Transcontinental Oil Company. After two dry holes were drilled the I. G. Yates Well No. 1 blew in on . . . — Map (db m150326) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Iraan — 3202 — Marathon Oil Company Discovery Well3.8 Miles South
Opening one of greatest oil fields in the world, Mid-Kansas Oil and Gas Company (a subsidiary wholly owned by the Ohio Oil Company, whose name has now been changed to Marathon Oil Company) brought in the I. G. Yates "A" No. 1 well on October 29, . . . — Map (db m150325) HM
Texas (Pecos County), Sheffield — 4665 — Sheffield
Spanish explorers traveled Indian trails here in the Pecos River Valley as early as 1590. Later, U.S. Cavalry, a camel train, and stage and mail lines between San Antonio and San Diego, California, used the route. Nearby Pecos Spring attracted . . . — Map (db m138875) HM

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