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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

Mission Tour

Hop aboard the "Trolley on a Mission" for mission tours. Visit Mission Ysleta, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Socorro, and San Elizar...

Sunset Country Club

The only semi-public golf course in Odessa. Both members and non-members are welcome to play....

Val Verde Winery

Family enterprise in its fourth generation, founded in 1883 by Italian immigrants. Grapes had been grown in the area since 18...

West-of-the-Pecos Museum and Park

The West-of-the-Pecos Museum occupies an old saloon and three floors of the historic hotel, once the area's finest. See resto...