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    MONAHANS, TEXAS

    "The 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 Stockton
    About 106 Miles S of Lovington, New Mexico
    Population: 6,821 (2000)

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    Cowboy and horse by the fence metal sign
    Welcome to Monahans
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    In 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.

    Although 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, Texas.

    The 1930 population was just over 800 and unlike most of the country, Monahans experienced a boom through the Great Depression.

    By 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.

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    Monahans Texas 1954
    "This 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 Parsons

    Monahans in the 1950s

    Monahans Landmarks, Attractions & Nearby Destinations

  • Ward County Courthouse
  • The Million Barrel Museum
  • Monahans Sandhills State Park
    5 miles East of Monahans is one of the most interesting arboreal oddities in the United States.
    Monahans' major attraction.
  • The Largest Oak Forest in North America
    In 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.
  • Monahans' Metal Sculptures
    Metal art street signs in Monahans
    Monahans Tourist Information
    Monahans Chamber of Commerce: 432-943-2187
    Website: www.monahans.org

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  • Monahans Tx Closed Truck Stop Sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
    Monahans Tx Sunset Motel Sign
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    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
    Monahans Tx Murals
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
    Monahans Tx Mural
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    Monahans Tx Mural
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    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
    Monahans' Metal Sculptures
    Ward County TX 1907 Postal Map
    Ward County 1907 Postal Map showing Monahans
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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