Tour season has begun


Melba Montoya, Director of the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum, has kept busy with tourism picking up here in Fort Stockton. On Wednesday, Sept. 20 she hosted a TxDOT tour of nine over at the museum.

The TxDOT group included archaeologists, geologists, and project designers involved with the new rest stops being constructed between Fort Stockton and Balmorhea. Project manager Khoa Nguyen coordinated the tour, and according to Montoya the group desired to see the museum because of their frequent stops in town and research of the area.

On Friday, Sept. 22 Montoya stepped aboard a large bus with Heritage Tours LLC of Dallas to give a step-on tour of the town. Leading the bus of 30 passengers through town, Montoya explained each historic site over the bus microphone.

The group traveled from Dallas and the trip was sponsored by the Richardson Senior Center. They took a five-day tour of Big Bend National Park, and concluded their visit to west Texas here in Fort Stockton. 

During the step-on tour, Montoya had the bus stop at the Annie Riggs and then conclude at The Grey Mule Saloon Tasting Room for a glass of wine before leaving town. 

“Tour season has begun. The tours are coming in,” said Montoya after leading the bus through the heart of Fort Stockton.”We have another tour that will be coming in this Saturday. It will be with Diamond Tours and the bus will have 39 passengers,” added Montoya.

Tour activity has definitely spiked this week, and scheduled tours for the upcoming months seem to be following the trend. Montoya said she looks forward to giving more tours and would like to provide more step-on bus tours of the town in the near future.