Fort Stockton, Texas


Our last day of the trip, while they were fixing my glasses, we went to Fort Stockton.  Jeff and I had lots of fun.  The kids were mildly interested.    Actually they were rather interested in the idea of chaining up prisoners and had a lot of fun investigating the chains, but had to be cautioned about swinging them around.

And then we went over the visitor center/museum and the kids took over my camera.
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And was taken away after that last shot where they were piling on top of each other.  Yeah……  That wasn’t so cool.

I tried to get what was going to be a really cool picture of the kids next to the soldier and his horse, but that didn’t quite work out.  They were too busy hugging the soldier.  However after talking about it for a while they could point out some of the soldier’s gear.  And then we had to put the soldier’s hand back on him.

While I grimaced and thought the kids were so horrible the lady working there said my kids were doing excellent, and so many parents had to leave with their kids because they couldn’t sit still through the movie or other problems.  So, I felt a little better.


I love visiting some of the less frequented areas.  The lieutenant there kept a detailed journal that had all sorts of amusing tidbits about life at the fort.  It was interesting to me they chose not to have a wall around the fort because you could see anyone coming for miles.    He also wrote a humorous story about his kids playing on a horse until the horse got tired of it all and ran off.  Leaving the poor kids in the dirt.

Oh, and I learned something from this.  I’d always heard the term buffalo soldiers and thought it was generic to the soldiers fighting out West.  But, instead it referred to the freed slaves turned soldiers because their hair reminded the Indians of the buffalo’s hair.  The fort had a lot of really interesting information about the Buffalo Soldiers.  So, I’d give Fort Stockton a big thumbs up.  Besides, they gave my kids a real cool pin for visiting.

I found my lap top, and am busy copying over files, so hopefully tonight I’ll be able to write up those other posts………  We’ll see.  3 loads of laundry down, it took the people at the car wash over 5 hours to get our carpets clean, but WOW is it clean!

10 thoughts on “Fort Stockton, Texas

  1. I like the picture with the soldier. That's hilarious that you had to put his hand back. Looks like ya'll had a great trip. I would love to visit Fort Stockton, but I live clear across on the other side of Texas. That's a long drive!

  2. Your poor husband looks tired and rather over whelmed in the picture of the kids at the horse, like Oh No not again! I love posts like this where I learn so much information. I didn't know about the Buffalo Soldiers either.

  3. I love to visit less frequented places too.

    It sounds like you are doing great catching up on all of that laundry and cleaning. I hope you can rest soon!

  4. haha! I'm glad the carpet is clean! That's was funny…welll, it certainly would have been an educational trip. I have four kids. One of the four would have loved what you guys did. The other trip would have spent the time asking, “Where are we having lunch?” Good for you for being so vigilant!

  5. Keep telling that history:

    Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, “RaPR”, where Buffalo Bill Cody meets a Buffalo Soldier. A great story of black military history…the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

    How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

    Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial…and visit the website

    I know you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn't like telling our stories…its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore Jr. and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see at;

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  6. I have to admit that I have very vague idea of Texas history at the moment. I am sure it will all come to me once Anna gets more into US history, but other forts I've visited in the past were pretty interesting.

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