Introduction to Fort Stockton, Texas
Fort Stockton History
The community now known as "Fort Stockton" developed around Comanche Springs, one of the largest springs in Texas. It was also close to a 19th century military fort which was named after Robert Field Stockton. A few years after the Civil War started, the army rebuilt the fort to protect travelers and the local people. By the late 19th century, Fort Stockton had become a center for the sheep and cattle ranching industries. The early 20th century saw an economic boom after the opening of oilfields. Over the years, the city has developed into a major center for producing, processing, and distributing oil, gas, and sulfur.
Fort Stockton and Nearby Attractions
- Fort Davis National Historic Site
- American Airpower Heritage Museum
- Monahans Sand Hills State Park
- West of the Pecos Museum
- Knoebels Amusement Park
Things To Do In Fort Stockton
Fort Davis National Historic Site is a historic fort named after the Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis. Fort Leaton State Historic Site is another place of historic interest near the city. The Petroleum Museum showcases oil drilling equipment and other exhibits related to oilfields, while the West of the Pecos Museum features artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the area's historical and cultural background. Among other popular destinations in the region are Monahans Sand Hills State Park, Davis Mountains State Park, and Balmorhea State Park which offer amenities for the enjoyment of recreational activities like swimming, camping, and picnicking.
Fort Stockton Transportation
Air transportation is available from Midland International Airport.
Fort Stockton Higher Education
Midland College, Odessa College, Sul Ross State University, and University of Texas of the Permian Basin are some of the colleges near Fort Stockton.