Texas isn’t just a state abundant with shale, oil and gas. It’s also a state abundant in history. From the earliest days of the settlers, the Native Americans and before, a lot went on here. Much of it long before any of us were born.
If you’re new to the area, here’s a brief overview of some of the historic sites you can find in Midland county, Texas.
The Brown-Dorsey Medallion Home is the oldest standing house in the county. Built in 1899 in the Victorian style, the home has stained glass windows and all the accoutrements of life at the time.
It has been lovingly restored by the Midland County Historical Society and is now a living museum. Guided tours are available which we can recommend.
The George W. Bush Childhood Home has been preserved just as it was in 1956 when the Bush family lived there. Located on Ohio Avenue, Midland, the home is another living museum of our history.
It doesn’t take long to go round, but is well worth the trip if you’re interested. This is another attraction that benefits from guided tours.
The Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial was erected to honor those who fell during the conflict. It’s a sobering but positive memorial erected to look like the state of Texas sheltered by a brick wall. It’s a suitable memorial and worth a few minutes of your time if you’re nearby.
The Pliska Airplane is something a little different. Located at Midland International Airport, this airplane was inspired by Robert G. Fowler who landed his Wright Flyer II in 1911. Local man, John Pliska took photographs of the Flyer and built his own with local man Gray Coggin. That plane now has pride of place in the airport.
The Scarborough/Linebery House is another historic home, this time a cattle ranch house from 1907. It has been restored to its original condition and retains much of the original character and charm of those times. Guided tours are run regularly and you can hire the venue for lunches, parties, weddings or other functions.
If you like history, those venues are ideal. Each has a little something different on offer and is well worth a visit. Taking the guided tours offers an experts view of each property and an insight into how our forefathers lived during the time of original occupation. We heartily recommend taking a tour.
If you have any historic sites you would like to add to the list, let us know below!
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