Freight Wagon by Terence Russell

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A sign on the other side of this wagon says it was twice used in John Wayne movie. It sits on the Parade Ground of Ft. Stockton, Texas.

Ft. Stockton

Fort Stockton, constructed of adobe and named for Robert Field Stockton, was established by the United States Army on March 23, 1859, at Comanche Springs, which was within the site of the present city of Fort Stockton, for the protection of the mail service, travelers, and freighters. Comanche Springs was on the Comanche war trail into Mexico, the upper and lower San Antonio-El Paso-San Diego roads, the Butterfield Overland Mailqv route, and the San Antonio-Chihuahua Trail, and near the Pecos River-New Mexico road. Capt. Arthur T. Lee, commanding Company C, Eighth Infantry, on order of Col. Carlos A. Waite, who commanded all federal troops in Texas, abandoned the post in April 1861. On June 26 the post was reoccupied by Capt. Charles L. Pyron, in command of Company B, Second Regiment, Texas Mounted Rifles. It was abandoned by the Confederates in August 1862, after Gen. Henry H. Sibley’s defeat in New Mexico.

On July 21, 1867, Fort Stockton, in ruins after the Civil War, was reoccupied by Gen. Edward Hatch, who made it the headquarters for the Ninth United States Cavalry, a regiment of black troops. Hatch built a new post nearby at a cost of $82,000 on land the federal government neither owned nor had leased. Except for the stone guardhouse, the buildings had stone foundations, adobe walls, and dirt roofs. The troops quartered at the post were used for patrols, escorts, and scouts, largely against the Apaches. In 1882, after the Apaches had been defeated, the army began withdrawing the troops. The last contingent, a company of the Third Cavalry and two companies of the Sixteenth Infantry, commanded by Maj. George A. Purington, left on June 26-27, 1886.

By providing protection to travelers and settlers, a market for stockmen, irrigation farmers, and merchants, and employment for freighters, mechanics, and laborers, Fort Stockton promoted the establishment and development of a thriving community. Since their abandonment by the military, some of the officers’ quarters have been used continuously for residences. In 1936 the state erected a marker at the site of the fort on the grounds of the Pecos County Courthouse .

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Clayton W. Williams, Texas’ Last Frontier: Fort Stockton and the Trans-Pecos, 1861-1895 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1982).

Ernest Wallace in The Handbook of Texas Online

Texas State Historical Marker in front of Fort Stockton Guard House

Founded in 1859, Fort Stockton was abandoned during the civil war and reestablished in 1867, when this guard house was built. Stone for the structure was quarried locally. The lumber was hauled from Indianola by Oxcart. The Guard House consisted of a room with arm and leg irons, a dungeon for solitary confinement, and quarters for guards. It was abandoned in 1886, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1966.

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  • SimplyScene
    SimplyScenealmost 5 years ago

    A nicely captured image Terence

  • Thanks, I did think I got a good angle on this one!

    – Terence Russell

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 5 years ago

    Great image Terence…..and the history so interesting!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • As always, love to get your comments, Brenda!

    – Terence Russell

  • md19
    md19almost 5 years ago

    Just want you to know that your HDR images continue to inspire me. Take care.

  • Thanks, Dan. I am glad to be able to bring inspiration to someone. ;)

    – Terence Russell

  • Detlef Becher
    Detlef Becheralmost 5 years ago

    Wild West still lives ;))) Great capture and very interesting informations!

  • Thanks, my friend. This was one of the best preserved examples I have seen lately. I felt I got a good angle on it!

    – Terence Russell

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Ground transportation vehicles built prior to and including 1949
    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in 49er With Wheels group.

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!! Congrats on your feature!!! :D

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