Odessa in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Permian Basin
Area is 88,610 square miles, with center here at Odessa. Extends across a deeply buried prehistoric sea that more than 250 million years ago contained much fish and reptile life, including dinosaurs. Shores and islands later grew giant vegetation, until earth changes buried animals and plants in pockets that turned hydrocarbons into petroleum.
In 40 years from its discovery, the Permian Basin, was producing 53% of total oil in Texas and 20% of U.S. crude oil. It is one of the world's largest producers of channel carbon black. Other by-products are sulphur, asphalt, synthetic rubber ingredients and petrochemicals.
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3988.)
Location. 31° 53.009′ N, Touch for map. Marker is just west of the south entrance to the Ector County Coliseum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4201 Andrews Highway, Odessa TX 79762, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Permian Basin Fair & Exposition (here, next to this marker); Permian Basin Oil Show (here, next to this marker); Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang (here, next to this marker); M.O. Boring, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom “Pinkie” Roden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); E.G. Rodman, Sr. (about 300 feet away); W.D. Noel (about 300 feet away); The Cable Tool Rig (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Odessa.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.