On our way to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, we stopped at Fort Stockton, Texas to tour Old Fort Stockton, an old Army post. Originally called Camp Stockton, it was established in 1858 by troops of from the 1st and 8th Infantry, US Army.
The original site was located southwest of the present location, near the Pecos County Courthouse. You can tour the grounds and buildings for a small fee. The site includes three buildings from the original Officers’ Row, one of which is a private residence, the original Guard House, two reconstructed Enlisted Men’s Barracks and Kitchens, and the original parade ground.
History of Old Fort Stockton
Camp Stockton protected travelers and settlers heading west to Mexico and California from San Antonio. In 1861 the US Army withdrew from Camp Stockton and Confederate Soldiers moved in, however, it was short-lived. By the end of the Civil War, little remained of the original post.
Old Fort Stockton was re-established (at its present location) in 1867 by Colonel Edward Hatch, Commander of the 9th Cavalry. The fort was occupied for nineteen years from 1867-1886. In 1886 it was finally abandoned for good.
Definitely worth the visit if you are a history buff or love visiting old forts. Several of the buildings are still intact and you are able to tour them. Some are private residences so you can only admire from outside. Bring your camera and cash. THEY ARE CLOSED ON SUNDAY!
While you are in the area, check out the Old Fort Stockton Cemetery too! It’s located just down the road from the old fort.
Address: Intersection of 5th & Rooney
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Admission: Small Fee, payable at the gift shop
Distance From Fort Hood: 5 hours * 330 Miles