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Fort Stockton – 08/10/16

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Fort Stockton is the county seat for Pecos County.  We spent the night here so we had time to look around.  There is metal artwork along I-10 headed into town.

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Fountains, artwork, and cabooses at the Santa Fe Depot.

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Santa Fe Railroad Depot – North of I-10.  Small rock building was erected in 1909.  It is now the Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

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Paisano Pete sits just south of  I-10 on a triangular patch of land where US 90, US 385, and US 285 met.  Paisano Pete, was erected in 1980 and declared the largest roadrunner in the world, at 11 feet tall and 22 feet long. Since that time a larger replica of a roadrunner has been constructed of recycled materials in New Mexico.  He was named a True Texas Icon and a Town Mascot in the September 2011 issue of Texas Highway’s magazine.

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First National Bank Building – Built in 1912, this structure originally housed the First National Bank of Fort Stockton. Established two years earlier, the bank failed during the years of the great depression.  The structure exhibits Neo-Classical styling and features massive Doric columns that support an elaborate pediment.  It is now home to the Fort Stockton Police Department.

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Pecos County Courthouse – 1883 Classical Revival done in stone. According to The Courthouses of Texas: a Guide by Mavis P. Kelsey and Donald H. Dyal, this is the only courthouse that Pecos County has ever had. The guide states that the courthouse (built in 1883) once had a dome that was added during a remodeling in 1911-12. The dome is believed to have been removed sometime in the 1930s.

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Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church – This church was originally built in Pecos in 1896 then sold and moved to its present location in 1958.  The frame church reflects styling of the late Victorian period.

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Next to the little church is a home and a one room school.

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