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Texas Pecos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Odessa


HISTORY, WITH A SIDE ORDER OF FRIES

You don’t always need to wind the clock back too far to enjoy Texas’ past.  If you’re looking for history and authenticity but with a side order of fries, “flicks”, and rock n’ roll, consider the Texas Pecos Trail city of Odessa. The 1950’s are alive and well here, peppering the Permian Basin with burgers and BBQ joints like the iconic Johnny’s Bar-B-Q with its beautifully renovated, porcelain faced, mid-century modern signage. Or take a look at the neon-clad performance venue called the Ector Theater where the 1950’s classic “Rebel Without a Cause” made its Permian Basin premiere. Today, it’s a favorite stage of Elvis impersonators. Then visit Jack Ben Rabbit, the mid-century modern fiberglass sculpture commemorating the long-eared critter’s starring role in Odessa’s now defunct “Jackrabbit Rodeo”. If you prefer your history like you prefer your cheddar – a little more aged – try Odessa’s restored Parker House Museum, a collection of authentic artifacts and exhibits documenting the area’s ranching history. Or make your way to the Presidential Museum, one of the only museums dedicated entirely to the U.S. presidency. Still not aged enough? Visit the nearby Odessa Meteor Crater. This National Natural Landmark will take you back about twenty thousand years.


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