Oasis of the West Texas Desert" Ward
County Seat, West Texas
I-20 and Hwy 18
36 miles W of Odessa
26 miles E of Pecos
51 miles N of Fort
About 106 Miles S of Lovington, New Mexico
Population: 6,821 (2000)
|History in a Pecan
gratitude for digging the first water well in the vicinity (1881), the community
was named for Thomas John (Pat) Monahan but was first known as Monahan’s Well.
Things got started with the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in August
of the same year and two years later a post office was granted.
it had a railroad connection, few people stopped. It wasn’t until 1900 when the
first hotel opened – two years after the first school.
By 1905 the community
finally could report eighty-nine residents and five years later it had increased
to nearly 400. But after that growth slowed until the West
Texas Oil Boom of the mid 1920s.
Monahans incorporated in 1928 and
the demand of supplies for the oil industry added another rail connection in 1929.
The Texas-Mexico Railroad ran a line from Lovington, New Mexico – a distance of
about 100 miles, passing through Hobbs, New Mexico and Kermit,
The 1930 population was just over 800 and unlike most of the
country, Monahans experienced a boom through the Great Depression.
1938 Monahans replaced Barstow
as the county seat and two years later the town could boast of having nearly 4,000
residents. By 1950 it had increased to 6,300 and peaked in 1960 with 8,567. (See
Monahans in the
1950s) It floated just below that figure for decades, but the 2000 census
reported a drop to 6,821.
Landmarks, Attractions & Nearby Destinations
is my brother (seated) and me. Murray's Hardware can be seen across the street.
Its probably Main Street in Monahans. The date on the pic is 1954. Obviously a
hot west Texas afternoon." - Rex
in the 1950s
Landmarks, Attractions & Nearby Destinations Ward
Million Barrel MuseumMonahans
Sandhills State Park
5 miles East of Monahans is one of the most interesting
arboreal oddities in the United States.
Monahans' major attraction.
Largest Oak Forest in North America
Quercus Veritas by Mike Cox
"Most visitors come to the state park
at Monahans to play on the acres of Sahara-like sand dunes rising as high as 70
feet, not to see the Havard oaks. However, for those who are interested, the “forest”
is readily accessible from the paved roadway that winds through the park."Pyote
Museum and Rattlesnake Bomber Base
On I-20 15 miles West of Monahans
in Pyote. This was a training
Base for B-17 Bombers during WWII.
Metal art street signs in Monahans
Monahans Chamber of Commerce: 432-943-2187
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County 1907 Postal Map showing Monahans|
Texas General Land Office
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