Midland in Midland County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
George Bush Family Home
George H.W. Bush, future President of the United States, moved to Texas in 1948 with his wife, Barbara, future First Lady, and their young son, George W., to begin work as an equipment clerk for the International Derrick & Equipment Company in Odessa, earning $375 per month. He was promoted to salesman the next year and transferred to California.
The Bushes returned to Texas in 1950 and bought a home in Midland on East Maple Street, a street nicknamed "Easter Egg Row" for its pastel colored houses. Bush and his neighbor and friend, John Overbey, founded the Bush-Overbey Oil Development Company in 1951. They joined with Bill and Hugh Liedtke in 1953 to form a new company, Zapata Petroleum.
Drilling success helped Bush afford this larger home for his family here at 1412 West Ohio. While the family lived here their second child, Robin, was tragically stricken with leukemia; she died on October 11, 1953, two months shy of her fourth birthday. The Bushes' third child, Jeb, was born here. From here, George W. walked to neighboring Sam Houston Elementary School. The family moved into a larger home at 2703 Sentinel Drive
During the mid-1970s George W. Bush, future governor of Texas, returned to Midland to start his own career in the oil industry. In 1977 he met and married Midland native Laura Welch, future First Lady of Texas.
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13058.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #41 George H.W. Bush, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #43 George W. Bush series lists.
Location. 31° 59.916′ N, 102° 5.482′ W. Marker is in Midland, Texas, in Midland County. Marker is on North H Street north of West Ohio Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the street, and near the southwest corner of the Bush Family Home. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland TX 79701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George W. Bush Childhood Home (a few steps from this marker); First Christian Church of Midland (approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church of Midland (approx. half a mile away); Midland National Bank (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Yucca Theatre Midland Christian College (approx. one mile away); Former Site of Midland National Bank (approx. one mile away); Site of “The Staked Plains” (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midland.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Bush Family Home Presidential Site
Also see . . . The George W. Bush Childhood Home.
The Bush Childhood Home at 1412 W. Ohio Avenue is approximately 1400 square feet and largely unchanged since 1956. During Phase I of the Project, the Home’s architectural details were be restored to the 1951 to late 1955 period when the Bush Family lived on Ohio Avenue. This small home is fully interpreted, leaving no space for offices, exhibits, ticketing, a classroom for school tours, a gift shop or an orientation theater. A neighboring home was purchased to serve as administrative offices, temporary education center and Gift Shop and a parking lot was leased from the nearby church. (Submitted on April 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.