I lived in Fort Stockton for six years. It's not a very nice place to live, but there are some interesting things to visit. The "world's largest roadrunner" welcomes you to town. Be sure and stop by the Comanche Springs pool. (It's much nicer than the regular city pool.) Also, if you are looking for great authentic Mexican food, try a little place called Mi Casita. Bienvenidos is another good one, more on the main road, but not nearly as good as Mi Casita. There are also several nice parks in town, as well as an historic fort, and several small museums.
Fort Stockton is a city in, and serving as the county seat of, Pecos County in Texas. Located on Intersate Highway 10 just between the Santa Fe Railroad, San Antonio, and El Paso, it is a small but thriving community known chiefly for its historical sites and for its prolific number of ranches. Initially named Camp Stockton during its initial foundation during the mid-nineteenth century, it was renamed Fort Stockton shortly after its founding, thanks to the American Confederacy, which made it a fort. Founded near Comanche Springs, Fort Stockton’s history is checkered with minor battles fought between Native Americans and the settlers who occupied, abandoned, and yet again tried to reclaim the area.
Nowadays, Fort Stockton is popularly known for its extensive and all-pervading ranching culture, a practice that dates back to the height of its foundation. It is also known for a select number of historical sites (of which only few remain) that hearken back to its earliest days. Upon arrival, you’ll immediately catch sight of the Fort Stockton Visitor Center (called the Old Depot). You can then visit the Grey Mule Saloon. Built in the late nineteenth century by the pioneers of Fort Stockton’s Old West days, it is nowadays a bar/café, which boasts a tasting room and an art gallery, and is definitely a must-see for folks inclined toward history, good food, and great drinks. If you’re looking for more history to absorb, visit the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum.
In a small and unassuming place like Fort Stockton, you can even find a speck of silliness in Paisano Pete, an eleven-feet tall roadrunner statue that is among the town’s most photographed sights. Stockton doesn’t lack for great grub spots either -- you will definitely find something to cater to your culinary cravings with the best of local and foreign fares. Fort Stockton is also home to a number of small, out-of-the-way eating joints that are worth the visit and the search.
Booking a hostel in Fort Stockton isn’t all that difficult, even during peak seasons and holidays, as this small but unassuming place is a quiet tourist spot that’s perfect for individuals who are after less hectic vacations.
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