Ector County, Texas Genealogy & History

Odessa, Texas

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Odessa, Texas was founded in 1881. Legend says name came from an Indian princess who wandered into camp of Texas & Pacific railroad construction gang. others say it was for Odessa on Russian plains--area west Texas resembles. County seat ever since Ector was organized, 1891, Odessa has had great growth since 1926 oil strike. Center for one of the two largest oil fields in the world. Has largest inland petrochemical complex in united states, alone with many other diversified industries. It is also the oilfield supply capital of the world. Odessa college has served area since 1946. City has 143 churches; a symphony orchestra; clubs for sports, service, culture. Recreational attractions include nation's second largest meteor crater; exact replica of Shakespeare's 16th century globe theatre; 4 museums; a planetarium; industrial tours; "Permian Playhouse"; "Prairie Dog Pete" park; world's largest Jackrabbit statue; and 21 playground-parks. Unique "presidential room" depicts lives of U.S. presidents in art, documents, and memorabilia. Sandhill Hereford and quarterhorse show opens annual rodeo season for entire southwest. World famous Permian basin oil show is held biennially. 1967.

Historical Marker Text, From Odessa, take IH 20 West about 14 mile to Roadside Park

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