Bob Wall of San Francisco arrived in Fort Stockton Monday, Jan. 8 to visit a friend who lives here in town. Kicking off his visit with some tourism, Wall approached the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum Tuesday morning with much enthusiasm.
Walking up the museum’s stairs onto the elevated porch, he said, “This is a high porch. I can feel the thin air already (laughs). This place feels very Old West.”
After a great first impression of the old hotel, Wall paused to elaborate on his first-ever visit to Fort Stockton.
“I’m here visiting my friend. I wanted to see what all the excitement was about; what drove him to move way out here. I haven’t seen much of the town yet. We did have dinner at the K-Bob’s Steakhouse last night. We ordered the chicken fried steak – you can’t get chicken fired steak in San Francisco. It was truly delicious. This morning we went and got breakfast at the Sagebrush Cafe. They tried to talk us into trying their special sweet potato pancakes, but we resisted the sweet potato pancakes. We said, ‘No we just want your traditional pancakes’. I’m actually glad that we stuck to our guns, because they were some very good pancakes.”
As a retired professor from UT Austin and a computer science professor at the University of San Francisco, Wall enjoys a good educational experience. After learning the general history of the museum, Wall said, “This Annie Riggs lady sounds like a that bumper sticker that reads, ‘Texas women kill their own snakes’. Fort Stockton is a charming place. There’s so much history here, and it’s impressively well preserved. The people of the town are very friendly. They’re actually willing to talk, while other places in the world, a chat lasts only about three minutes. Here a chat seems to last about 30 minutes. It’s the lost art of communication. This used to be a place where I just stopped to get gas on my way to El Paso. Now I realize that Fort Stockton has a lot more to offer than a casual pit stop.”
Bob Wall of San Francisco enjoyed his first morning in Fort Stockton with a tour of the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum. Wall especially enjoyed seeing the many iron branding rods on display in the museum’s courtyard. (Staff photo/Jeremy Gonzalez)