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Stagecoach lines prospered in the late 1800s in West TX

When Capt. George G. Huntt halted his men at the junction of the North and Main Concho rivers, he saw little hope for a proper army structure to be built there. Such was needed as settlers began to move west after the Civil War. The first advantage of Fort Hatch was the supply of good drinking water. The name of the fort was changed several times but was finally named after the two rivers, the Concho rivers. The fort grew slowly because of the lack of transportation, but when the the shipping problem was solved, it grew from its limestone construction. Hunters brought their buffalo hides and other trade goods to the fort. Trade goods and construction materials were the most important items. All were transported by two-wheel carts.

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