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Odessa in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Permian Basin Oil Show

 
 
Permian Basin Oil Show Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
1. Permian Basin Oil Show Marker
Inscription.  Organized by Jerry Debenport as Little International Oil Show in June 1940. First held at West County Park with 53 exhibitors. Suspended during WWII but resumed in 1950 as Permian Basin Oil Show. In 1953 reorganized as non-profit sponsor of biennial event held on even numbered years in October. New permanent home in Ector County Coliseum featured 300 booths in 1954. Antique wooden drilling rig museum added same year. Fiftieth anniversary show hosted 600 international exhibitors.

World's largest inland petroleum show enhances basin's reputation as largest oil producing region in the U.S. Average attendance at four-day event exceeds 200,000.
 
Erected 1990 by Heritage of Odessa Foundation. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1940.
 
Location. 31° 53.01′ N, 102° 23.256′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 385. Marker is just west of the south entrance to the Ector County Coliseum. Touch for map. Marker
Permian Basin Oil Show Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
2. Permian Basin Oil Show Marker
The Permian Basin Oil Show Marker is the second marker from the left.
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is at or near this postal address: 4201 Andrews Highway, Odessa TX 79762, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Permian Basin Fair & Exposition (here, next to this marker); The Permian Basin (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 (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Odessa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 7, 2023