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Monahans, Texas

Spanish explorers crossed the area of present Ward County more than 400 years ago, but it remained an undisturbed habitat of Native Americans until the mid-1800s. Monahans was established about 1881 as a stop on the Texas and Pacific Railroad which was building west from Fort Worth.

As the county seat, Monahans today is a financial and marketing center for more than 800 square miles of cattle and oil country.

Oil wells, drilled at a distance from the downtown area, are slanted to draw oil from beneath city hall, the courthouse, banks, and business houses.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Million Barrel Museum

The Million Barrel Museum was built in 1928 as oil-storage facility. When operational, the tank stored a million barrels of crude which where delivered to Oklahoma for refinement. Filled only once, Shell abandoned it in the early 1930's. In 1987 it was converted to a museum.

Monahans, TX Museums

Pyote Museum and Rattlesnake Bomber Base

Rattlesnake Bomber Base was the training base for thousands of B-17 and B-29 bombardment crews during World War II. After the War, more than 4,000 bombers and fighter planes were sent to the Pyote base for melting into scrap metal. Among those stored there were the Enola Gay

Monahans, TX Museums

Ward County Golf Course

Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Monahans, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Monahans, TX

Ywca Hueco Conference & Recreation Center Golf

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Woodward Agate Ranch

Source of famed Texas agates (red plume, pompom, and a rainbow of other types) colorful jasper, labradorite feldspar, calcite...

Marfa Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum

The children's museum, part of the Museum of the Southwest complex, features three exhibition areas filled with natural light...

Maxey Park

The \"Zoo\" part of the area has been removed but there still is a Picnic area, a gazebo, and a botanical garden with regiona...