Ector County, Texas Genealogy & History

Ector County History

      Ector County Courthouse Built 1904
More Photos of Ector County Courthouses

During the late 1880s and in the 1890s settlers began to trickle in to the section of Tom Green County that would later become Ector County.  In 1890 the census enumerated 224 residents, and in 1891 Ector County was formally organized, with Odessa, the largest town, designated as the county seat. In the early 1890s Methodists established a small school, Odessa College, but it burned down in 1892. By 1900, there were twenty-five farms and ranches in the county, and the population had grown to 381.

Ector County History from the Handbook of Texas Online. Lots of History, photos, information.  Be sure & read how Odessa got its name!

The Twentieth Century.  Daily countdowns of the 20th century, from 1900 through 1999, with short summaries of some news and newsmakers affecting residents of Odessa from the Odessa American, accessed through

See an Aerial View of Odessa from about 1930 from the Permian Basin Genealogical Society.

Ector County Photos Courthouse, businesses, street scenes from The Portal to Texas History.