Last updated: 12/11/2010
Fort Stockton, Texas
Street Address
301 South Main
Fort Stockton, TX 79735
Mailing Address
301 South Main
Fort Stockton, TX 78735
phone: 432-336-2167
e-mail: annieriggs@sbcglobal.net
web: www.annieriggsmuseum.com
Hours
June - August
Extended Summer Hours
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 6 PM
September - May
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Admissions
Children $ 2.00
Seniors $ 2.50
Adults $ 3.00
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Jennifer Justison, Director
Martha King, Curator
Description

One of the recreated hotel rooms contains an iron bed that Annie ordered from Sears and Roebuck for $6.75, and shows what a guest would have encountered in 1905. In the kitchen is the first electric stove in Fort Stockton, purchased by Annie in 1922. Other exhibit areas are dedicated to archaeology, geology, religion, ranching, Hispanic heritage, pioneers, and early businesses. In the courtyard sits and early 1900's buggy, and the East grounds offer a view of our native Texas garden

The museum houses a gift shop with Texana and Western items and an excellent book selection. The two volume Pecos County History books are still available on request.

The Annie Riggs Memorial Museum is open six days a week, and is located at the corner of Main and Callaghan (number 3 on the historical tour). Visitors can experience a thriving desert garden at the back of the museum, inviting benches on the wrap-around porches and an interior courtyard with a restored Pecos County buggy.

History

Founded in 1954, the goal of the Fort Stockton Historical Society is to preserve, restore, and utilize the historical past. In 1955, the fourteen heirs of Annie Riggs deeded the Riggs Hotel to the Society to be operated as a museum. Named in her honor, the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum opened in November of the same year.

Six local businessmen initiated construction of the building about 1900. It opened in 1901 as the Koehler Hotel. Annie Riggs purchased the hotel in 1904 and operated the hotel/boarding house until shortly before her death on May 17, 1931.

The Society also manages Historic Fort Stockton (1867-1886).

Artifact Collections

The museum features exhibits depicting the heritage and the development of Fort Stockton and its surrounding area. Fourteen rooms and two outside areas are utilized for exhibits. The parlor, lobby, dining room, and kitchen are filled with old photographs, collectibles, and furnishings. One of the hotel guest rooms shows what guests would have experienced in 1905. Other guest rooms are dedicated to archeology, geology, religion, ranching, early businesses and pioneers.

The sprawling, single-story, adobe building with its wrap-around verandas and gingerbread trim is a prime example of Territorial architecture. The walls are two feet thick and the ceilings are fourteen feet high.

Educational Programs

Exhibitions, teacher workshops, docent program, gallery tours, lectures, public school outreach; not available for loan/tour.

Governance

It is owned by the Fort Stockton Historical Society.

Library

Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

Brochures; quarterly newsletters to membership beginning in 1996.

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

Group Tours

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