Midland Travel Guide

  • Old Midland County Courthouse
    Old Midland County Courthouse
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    Fire Memorial
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  • Fire Museum
    Fire Museum
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Midland Things to Do

  • Watch the Rochounds

    This ballpark is the home of the AA Midland Rockhounds an affiliate of the Oakland A's. The season runs April to August.

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  • Fire Museum

    The Midland Fire Museum, located in the main fire station, houses the first two fire engines used by the town along with other equipment and memorabilia. Hours are 9 AM to 9 PM daily. Admission is free.

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  • Midland Historical Museum

    The Midland Historical Museum displays artifacts about the history of Midland including the early pioneers, Indian artifacts, veterans displays, and the alleged Midland Man (22,000 years ago). Hours are 2 PM to 5 PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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  • Pliska Plane

    John V. Pliska, an immigrant from Austria, built a plane in 1912. He was inspired after seeing the Wright Brothers plane. This was the first plane built in Texas. The plane is on display in the Midland International Airport lobby.

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  • Ole Depot

    Another of the buildings on the complex was an old railroad depot. Looked like it was mostly used for storage. A future exhibit maybe?

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  • Other Art at the Museum of the Southwest...

    There are a variety of sculptures all over the grounds of the Museum of the Southwest Complex so allow yourself plenty of time to wander and enjoy. Maybe I am artistically ignorant but I still prefer art that I can tell what I am seeing without consulting the sign.

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  • Juliette and Fred Turner Gallery

    The Juliette and Fred Turner Gallery is housed in a 1934 mansion that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building itself, and the pieces on the grounds, are fascinating. There is a variety of art, much related to the art of the Southwest, nestled amongst the interior details like hand-painted tiles and Italian Marble...

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  • Haley History Center

    Attached to the library is also a history center with a nice collection of saddles, spurs, and other items reflecting the Western Heritage. I was happy to note that the 3rd name listed on the Cowman's Award of Honor was Ted Gray whom I met in Alpine. The history center has one of the most extensive collections of memorabilia about Billy the Kid and...

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  • Commemorative Air Force Headquarters

    The Headquarters for the Commemorative Air Force is by the airport just west of Midland. The CAF was formed to preserve examples of aircraft from throughout the history of aviation in the United States (especially World War 2 military related) and selected aircraft from other countries. The unit conducts various demonstrations and educates the...

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  • Racing Displays

    The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum also has a room dedicated to auto racing. There were several nice Jim Hall Chaparral Cars on display along with other memorabilia. Innovations made in the development of these race cars are still in use today. Wish I could afford one of these!

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  • Indoor Displays

    In addition to all the displays that had to be outside because of size; there are a number of interesting displays inside the museum. Check out the display on the 230 year old Permian Seabed.

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  • Outdoor Displays Permian Basin Petroleum...

    The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum has a number of interesting outdoor displays showing the history of the oil business in the area and its inner workings. One of the most interesting to me was the Santa Rita Well #2. It followed closely after the success of Santa Rita #1 the first large scale well in the Permian Basin.

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  • Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

    The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum was established in 1975 to tell the story of the people and equipment that started the oil business in the Permian Basin which includes Midland. The museum has a number of fascinating displays (both indoors and outdoors) about the industry plus a nice display about racing. The museum is worth the $8 entry fee (for...

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  • Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum

    The Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum provides children of all ages with a variety of interactive environments to acquaint them with a child-size city complete with a bank, grocery store, television station and much more. There are exhibits for all ages and a play area for the really young kids. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday...

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  • Blakemore Planetarium

    Another museum I found fascinating was the Blakemore Planetarium. The Blakemore Planetarium offers educational opportunities on astronomy and space travel with photos and a number of more interactive exhibits.

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  • Science Center

    One of the more interesting museums here (at least to me) is the Frances and Jack Brown Science Center which has a number of interesting displays including some hands-on stuff for the kids.

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  • Veterans Memorial - Vietnam

    There is a nice park near the Midland Airport dedicated to veterans of the wars fought by the United States. The main emphasis is on veterans of the war in Vietnam.

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  • Museum of the Southwest Complex

    the Museum of the Southwest Complex in Midland is a collection of a number of different museums in one spot. There is something for everyone here ranging from art and science to a variety of displays aimed at the kids. The following tips will acquaint you with some of the possibilities. I am not putting a website on here because at the moment the...

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  • Haley Library

    The Haley Library houses over 25,000 books, paintings and other items dedicated to preserving Western Heritage. This material is available free of charge to anyone wishing to conduct research into the subject. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.

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  • George W. Bush Childhood Home

    In 1950, future president George H. W. Bush, along with wife, Barbara and son George W. (also a future president) moved to Texas and a short time later into this small house in a quiet residential neighborhood of Midland. It is here that George W. and his younger brother Jeb spent their childhood. The home is now open for tours as a museum. The...

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  • Brown-Dorsey House

    The Brown-Dorsey Home was built around 1899 and is the oldest surviving home in Midland. The home has been fully restored and furnished with items from the time period. It currently serves as a museum. It was closed for renovation when I came here.

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Midland Restaurants

  • Nice Chain Deli

    $8 as of March 2013. McAlister's serves sandwiches, salads and soups. I had some good Chicken and Dumpling Soup and a sweet tea. Hours are 10:30 AM to 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 AM to 10 PM Friday and Saturday. Chicken and Dumpling Soup!

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  • Good Italian Food

    They have plenty of pasta dishes, seafood, and very large steaks! Simple things make me happy....I had spaghetti with meatballs. Their dessert was also excellent....my favorite was the banana pudding!

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  • Margaritas - Frozen or On-the-Rocks

    The environment here is very nice, they have 2 stories. Upstairs is the bar area and downstairs is the dining area. We just went here for after-work drinks. I had the frozen margaritas, which were very good. The chips & salsa are complimentary and very addictive!

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Midland Nightlife

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    by CLillard Written Nov 13, 2002

    They have 5 different dance rooms, with each one feauturing a different kind of music. For example: 1) Country 2)70s and 80s 3) Top 40 4) Tejano 5) and Karaoke.

    Club Schedule (as of Nov. 2002)
    Sunday: Lone Star Sundays-$1.00 Shinerbock & $1.50 well, wine & longnecks all night. Cover is $3.00 all night.

    Monday: Teen Night-Tobacco & alcohol free environment for 20 and under. 7:00pm-10:45pm . Every Monday throughout summer.

    Tuesday: Closed

    Wednesday: Ladies Night-Ladies 21 and up are FREE all night. Men & women 18-20 are $12.00. Men 21 and up are $6.00. $.10 well, wine & longnecks from 6:00pm-10:00pm .

    Thursday: HIP/Crush Night-18 & up, $3.00 all night, or FREE w/HIP card (special VIP pass for those who are employed in the service industry). $1.50 well, wine & longnecks all night.

    Friday: Ladies Night II-Ladies 18 & up are FREE until 10:00pm , $3.00 after 10:00pm . Men 18-20 are $8.00, 21 & up are $6.00. $.29 single shot mix drinks & longnecks, from 7:00pm-11:00pm .

    Saturday: Men & women 21 & up FREE before 8:00pm , $6.00 after 8:00pm . Men & women 18-20 are $12.00 all night. $.50 well, wine, & longnecks 6:00pm-9:30pm .

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Midland Transportation

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    by Basaic Written Mar 14, 2012

    I have not actually flown into Midland International Airport, I prefer to drive. I wanted to let you know the airport is here though. It is served by United, American, Continental and Southwest Airlines, and is the closest airport to Big Bend National Park.

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Midland Warnings and Dangers

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    by Basaic Written Mar 14, 2012

    African "Killer" Bees have made it to Midland. There was a hive near the Commemorative Air Force Headquarters when I visited. These bees can be dangerous so if you see a sign like this be careful!

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Midland Favorites

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    by Basaic Updated Jan 12, 2012

    Favorite thing: Midland is a decent sized city of about 111,000 and is the county seat of Midland County. The town was founded in 1881 as the midpoint between Fort Worth and El Paso. It is the hometown of former First Lady Laura Bush and the one time home of both former presidents Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. Midland was a big part of the Texas oil rush when oil was discovered in the Permian Basin and is the home of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. Midland was recently picked by the AARP as one of the Top 10 Best Places To Live (and Retire) Affordably in the U.S.

    Fondest memory: Walking around the downtown area and the Southwest Museum Complex.

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