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2018 PBIOS Visitors Guide - Odessa American: Features

2018 PBIOS Visitors Guide

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    The Chris Kyle Memorial is a new attraction in Odessa. It honors slain Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was born in Odessa.

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Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2018 12:00 am

To the thousands of visitors from around the world who will be in Odessa this week for the Permian Basin International Oil Show we wish you a hardy welcome.

With that howdy we also invite visitors to take a look around Odessa and enjoy some of the “only in Odessa” attractions as well as some things that we are just plain proud to have.

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The Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza, located off Highway 191 near Mission Fitness, honors the slain American Sniper. Odessa American File Photo

American Sniper: The statue pays homage to Odessa native and American Sniper Chris Kyle. The 15-foot bronze statue is at 8050 E. Highway 191 near the Veteran’s Affairs clinic and was dedicated in July following fundraising by Odessans who wanted to see Kyle memorialized in his birthplace.

Kyle family members attended that dedication and the area is a memorial for reflection with trees donated from President George W. Bush’s Crawford ranch. The Plaza there has a limestone base with the names of the 50 states and a Navy Seal trident woven into it.

Take a walk: Memorial Garden Park for years was called Buffalo Wallow — as that is exactly what it was hundreds of years ago. It is now a walking path located at JBS Parkway and 42nd Street beside Market Street grocery store.

The Globe of the Great Soutwest Theatre
The Globe Theatre Mark Sterkel/Odessa American File Photo

No, you’re not in England: Odessa has several replicas of famous landmarks that originated in, of all places, England. On the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin sits a 70 percent scale of Stonehenge. Instead of carved stone from a Welsh quarry, Garden City limestone makes up the not-so-ancient stone calendar at UTPB.

About 20 blocks — replicas of the ancient megalith in southwest England —have adorned the campus since 2004. The area makes a good backdrop for photos.

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A scaled replica of Stonehenge is located on the campus of UTPB. It’s a great spot for photos. Odessa American File Photo

Across town and on the campus of Odessa College sits the Globe of the Great Southwest Theatre and the Anne Hathaway Cottage. The Globe, a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe built in London in 1599, is considered to be one of the most authentic reproductions in the world.

The Hathaway Cottage is a replica of the home Shakespeare’s wife lived in when the couple met. It has meeting rooms and an extensive library of Shakespearean works.

The first West Texas home of the George H. W. Bush family is located on the campus of UTPB behind the JBS Leadership Library. Mark Rogers|Odessa American

This is Bush country: A quaint two-bedroom, one-bath green house sits on the campus of UTPB almost directly behind the JBS Leadership Institute. From the floors to the wallpaper to the 1948 Christmas scene inside — this home was home to two future presidents (and a governor).

The home was moved in 2004 to the campus from 916 E. 17th St., and refurbished to a 1940s style. The home was bought by President George H.W. and Barbara Bush early in their family life when the elder Bush was an oilman in the area.

Odessa’s meteor crater was discovered by a local rancher in 1892.Originally, the depression was believed to have been caused by an explosion of gas trapped below the surface. However, a University of Texas scholar identified the concavity as a meteor crater in the 1920s. Scientists believe the crater was created 25,000 years ago by the impact of a meteor 100 feet in diameter, weighing 600 tons and traveling 36,000 miles per hour.

The crater was originally 100 feet deep and 600 feet in diameter, but over the millennia sand and dirt eventually filled in most of it.

Around Odessa visitors will find these large jackrabbits, which were part of a public art contest. Odessa American File Photo

Those Wascally Wabbits: Visitors will note a number of colorful jackrabbits around town (including one right outside the Ector County Coliseum).

The jackrabbits are part of a 2004 community art project called Jackrabbit Jamboree. About three dozen rabbits are around town. The original rabbit is located at the ECISD Administration Building at Eighth Street and Sam Houston Avenue. Jack Ben Rabbit was erected in 1962 and has the designation of the world’s largest jackrabbit. So keep your eyes peeled for a chance to see one of Odessa’s artsy rabbits.

After visitors see some of the sights in both Odessa and Midland — there are also some events happening today through Oct. 22 that offer a respite from oil show events. Some include:


  • MIDLAND The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM 1788, Midland, has scheduled the following events.
  • Today: 7:30 p.m., iLuminate.
  • Tuesday: 7:30 p.m., 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.
  • Thursday: 8 p.m., Mary Chapin Carpenter.
  • Friday: 8 p.m., Chad Prather.
  • Box office hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For tickets or information, call 800-514-3849 or visit www.wagnernoel.com .

Odessa College has scheduled a concert by Pear Duo, a piano and vocal team, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Globe Theatre, 2308 Shakespeare Road, as part of the OC Music Masters Series. Admission is free. Visit tinyurl.com/y9qzlst8.

MIDLAND KD’s Bar-B-Q, 3109 Garden City Highway, Midland, has scheduled Casey Donahew to perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Call 683-5013.

The Haunted Warehouse, 800 S. Grant Ave., will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Visit tinyurl.com/yc5b8nck.

MIDLAND Old Town Midland Haunted Warehouse, 2512 W. Ohio Ave., Midland, will be open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All ages are welcome. Admission is $15 at the door (cash or credit card). Visit tinyurl.com/ydfmz9s2.

Odessa Downtown Lions Club has scheduled the 10th annual Fall Festival from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at McKinney Park, 625 W. Pool Road. The Texas Centennial Leo Club will be giving away balloons and there will be face painting, games, crafts, treats and more. Visit tinyurl.com/ycm7f793.

Dos Amigos, 4700 N. Golder Ave., has scheduled William Clark Green to perform live on Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $21 at the door. tinyurl.com/h2va5yy Call 307-6384 or visit dosamigos.com .

MIDLAND The Lone Star Bar, 621 W. Wall St., Midland, has scheduled Aaron Copeland to perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Call 218-6935 or visit tinyurl.com/ybqyt36v.

The 2018 Wildcatters Ball , benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland, has been scheduled Saturday at Rolling 7's Ranch Event Center, 11700 W. County Road 122. Gates open at 8 p.m. Live music will be provided by Reckless Kelly, Jason Boland and The Stragglers and The Stateline Band. Tickets are $75. Call 687-0195 or visit www.bbbspermianbasin.org.


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