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Pecos County Historical Old Jail

Pecos County Historical Old Jail

Pecos County Historical Old JailThe Pecos County Historical Old Jail in Fort Stockton TX is one of the oldest structures in the state. It is located at 101 W Gallagher St, Fort Stockton, TX 79735. The jail was built in 1883 and was expanded in 1913. Today, it is home to a museum about local law enforcement. Visitors can tour the jail and view the original holding cell.

Fort Stockton was named after Robert Field Stockton, a United States naval commodore who was instrumental in the capture of California during the Mexican-American War. The first soldiers who garrisoned the fort were from Company H of the First U.S. Infantry.

Fort Stockton's economy was boosted by petroleum, natural gas, and tourism in the 1950s. In 1956, the largest gas field in the county was discovered on the M.C. Puckett and Son Ranch south of the town. The town grew as a result of tourism, and in the 1980s, it was home to nearly 9,000 people. Today, Fort Stockton remains the county seat of Pecos County.

One of the most notable people to be held in Pecos County's historic old jail was Andrew Jackson Royal.

He had been accused of a murder in Junction, Texas. Royal had been the owner of the Gray Mule Saloon and was accused of killing one of his employees.

The Pecos County Historical Old Jail in Fort Stockton is part of the Pecos County Historical District. It is open to the public and offers tours of the former jail. Founded in 1866, the town's population was as high as 420 people at the time. In 1870, the county seat of Pecos was Saint Gaul.

Fort Stockton is a historical site with plenty of interesting details about its past. Located in the Wild West, the fort was once a stop for cowboys. The fort was once home to U.S. soldiers, and Texas Rangers protected the community from outlaws. Today, the Fort houses a museum and visitor's center. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Grey Mule Saloon, which was built in the 1880s, is now a popular wine tasting room in Fort Stockton. The building is now owned by Mesa Vineyards, one of the largest wine makers in Texas. The wine produced is made entirely in the state and features a variety of flavors.

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