Established 1881 as stop on Texas and Pacific Railroad; it is
said that name originated from area's resemblance to region around
Russian city of the Ukraine. City is in heart of vast area that
was once an ancient sea. Area today, geologically speaking, is
known as the Permian Playhouse Theatre and Globe of the Great
Southwest. Two public golf courses; one (Ratliff Ranch Golf Links)
is one of top public courses in Texas. City is home of Odessa
College and Univ. of Texas of the Permian Basin.
ART INSTITUTE FOR THE PERMIAN BASIN
BRASS LAMP AUTO MUSEUM
ECTOR COUNTY COLLISEUM
GLOBE OF THE GREAT SOUTHWEST
ODESSA METEOR CRATE
PRAIRIE PETE PARK
YELLOW ROSE (OSTRICH) RANCH
- ART INSTITUTE FOR THE PERMIAN BASIN-Ultramodern
showcase for the creative arts; two galleries featuring works
of regional artists and traveling exhibits. Open Tues.-Sat. 10
a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun. 2 - 5 p.m. On grounds of Univ. of Texas of
the Permian Basin 4909 E. University Dr. west of Loop 338.
- BRASS LAMP AUTO MUSEUM-A varied
group of pre-1916 antique cars with such models as Flanders, Brush,
Saxon, Oakland, and Overland, as well as Cadillac and Ford. Included
in the exhibit is a 1903 Ford Model A, 2 cylinder, chain drive,
the first year Ford Motor Company made and sold autos. The museum
is in the same building with an antique gallery offering antiques,
reproductions, of jet d'art, and other gift items. Open Mon.-Sat.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. 701 N. Grant St. 915/332-9875. Admission to auto
- ECTOR COUNTY COLLISEUM-10,000
seat coliseum hosts varied cultural attractions. Just north of
coliseum is re-created cable tool drilling rig, circa 1920. In
driller's shack adjacent to rig is a collection of photographs
and relics of West Texas oil boom days. Andrews Highway and 42nd
- GLOBE OF THE GREAT SOUTHWEST-On
grounds of Odessa College, theater is authentic replica of original
Shakespearean Globe Theater. National road shows and local productions
range from country/Western and bluegrass concerts to Broadway
musical comedies. Shakespeare Festival held Feb. through April.
On grounds is replica of Ann Hathaway's cottage that contains
antiques and Shakespearean library. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
2308 Shakespeare Rd. 915/332-1586
- JACKRABBIT STATUE -"World's
Largest Jackrabbit" is a 10 ft. statue in the school administration's
parking lot at 802 N. Sam Houston. A popular photo spot.
- ODESSA METEOR CRATE-Shower of
meteorites plunged to earth some 20,000 years ago, shattering
limestone bedrock and leaving explosion pit some 500 feet in diameter;
other smaller adjacent pits. Over the centuries, desert winds
silted crater almost level with surrounding plains, and site was
not identified as meteor crate until the 1920's. Today a marked
nature trail winds through crater and a free brochure interprets
the unusual feature. Just west of Odessa exit I-20 at F.M. 1936
(south), drive west on frontage road 3.4 mi. to sign indicating
crater site to south.
- PRAIRIE PETE PARK-Now rare
prairie dogs can be viewed in their own "town". Playground
equipment, picnicking. In Sherwood Park, 44th and Dixie.
- PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM-An unusual
museum devoted to the U.S. presidency and presidential political
campaigns, from George Washington to the present. Campaign slogans,
buttons and posters-some of them bizarre-biting political cartoons;
coin-like campaign medalettes' popular as give away tokens during
much of the 19th century. Also a collection of dolls with replicas
of hair styles and inaugural gown of every first lady. The intricate
miniature dresses required 20 years research and craft. Open Tues.-Sat.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 622 N. Lee St.; closed major holidays.
- WATER WONDERLAND-18 acre water
fun park in middle of West Texas desert. Single price admission
provides unlimited use of all facilities including five water
slides, water toboggan, swimming and diving pools, Mountain Rapids
tube ride, wave pool, sandy beach, plus squirt pools and playgrounds
for younger children. 2.5 mi. west of Midland International Airport
on U.S. 80. Open Apr.-Sept. Adjacent miniature golf open year
- WHITE-POOL HOUSE-Oldest existing
house in Ector County, two story brick home was constructed 1887.
On Register of National Historic Places. Period furnishings are
those of original and second owners and reflect lifestyles of
1880's ranching period and 1920's oil era. Operational windmill.
Open Sun. 3-6 p.m. and by appointment. 112 E. Murphy St.
- YELLOW ROSE (OSTRICH) RANCH-Breeding
and sales of ostriches that are now prohibited from export from
Africa. May be viewed Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., but
advance call to 915/333-5222 is appreciated and will provide tour
if requested. On F.M. 1787, just off U.S. 385, 12 mi. south.
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