City of Midland

City Of Midland

  • <p>Midland, early 1900s. (Petroleum Museum Archives Center and Collection)</p> <p>City street</p>
  • <p>Main Street, 1934. (Petroleum Museum Archives Center and Collection)</p> <p>City street labeled Midland Texas New Oil and Commercial Center of West Texas</p>
  • <p>Midland County Courthouse, 1930 (TxDOT)</p> <p>Four storey square building</p>
  • <p>The Rendezvous (Boston Public Library)</p> <p>Colorized postcard of cars parked in front of a building labeled The Rendezvous Downtown Midland Texas. Drive In and Dining Room</p>
  • <p>Tourist Court west of Midland</p> <p>Two brick arched driveways between small buildings labeled El Campo Moderno, Midland Texas</p>


On May 27, 1923, the discovery of oil changed Midland from a railroad and ranching town to one of the largest oil production centers in the nation. Midland has weathered oil industry booms and busts and its most prominent buildings reflect the architecture of the boom periods of the 1950s and 70s. Over time, the Bankhead Highway took several routes through downtown, but most structures directly associated with travel along the Bankhead can be found on the west side of the city along Front and Wall Streets. Today, travelers can satisfy a variety of interests when visiting Midland. For history buffs, the CAF Airpower Museum has the world’s largest collection of World War II aviation nose art, and the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum blends natural history and oil production for young and old. Culture lovers can enjoy the symphony or take in a play at the Yucca Theatre. Find yourself a hotel room and stay awhile.

Midland Convention and Visitors Bureau

1406 W. IH-20
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