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MIDLAND COUNTY, TEXAS

31 53' 24" N, 102 1' 12" W (31.89, -102.02)
Population: 162,565 est. (2016) 136,872 (2010)
Total area: 902 square miles (2,340 km2)
900 square miles (2,300 km2) land
1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) water

Midland County Topics

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  • Midland County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    Martin County (N) Glasscock County (E) Upton County (S) Ector County (W) Andrews County (NW) Reagan County (SE)

    Midland County History

    (From Historical Marker on Courthouse Square)

    Midland County

    (Created and organized, March 1885)

    First known as the junction of many trails and site of the last Comanche raid into Texas.

    In 1881 the Texas and Pacific Railroad was built; equi-distant between El Paso and Fort Worth, this became known as Midland. First settler was a sheepman in 1882. Cattlemen came with Herefords in 1888. Water wells and windmills lured small farmers.

    Became headquarters for 1928 Permian Basin oil discovery. In 1945 its first well came in.

    The "Midland Man", oldest skeletal remains in North America (18,500 B.C.), was found in 1954.
    (1965)


    Midland County Courthouse

    Midland County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Midland County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Midland
    Book Hotel Here - Midland Hotels
  • Greenwood
  • Midland County seat
  • Sprayberry
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    Midland County Vintage Maps
    TX  Midland County 1907 Postal Map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Midland County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX  Midland County 1920s Map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Midland County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX  Midland County 1940s Map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Midland County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Midland County Historical Marker
    Midland County TX historical marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009

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