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Friday, June 14, 2013

Oil ~ Oil Everywhere!

Our main reason for being in Midland is spending time with our daughter, her husband Eric and our sweet granddaughters.... They moved to Midland because our son-in-law, Eric, is in the oil industry. Not to mention between Odessa & Midland there are thousands of Jack Pumps everywhere.   So it seemed fitting for us to visit the The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum.

Alyssah & Eric
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is a museum with exhibits relating to the oil and gas industry of the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico. Museum exhibits include the geology of the area during the Permian period, racing cars designed by Jim Hall, and paintings by artist Tom Lovell. 

It maintains a research library containing donated material related to the history of the Permian Basin oil industry. It also has a hall of fame, whose many inductees include the Odessa oil industrialist Bill Noël and the Bush family (both George's)

The Petroleum Museum is a wide-ranging journey through the history of the petroleum industry, so important to Midland, the Permian Basin and West Texas. The museum includes a Petroleum Hall of Fame, honoring oilmen (and women) who made outstanding contributions to the industry; and an archives and library that houses documents, photos, recordings, maps and films relating to the history of the oil industry.

But the main part of the museum has many exhibits that trace the history of the petroleum industry and the role it has played in the life of the Permian Basin. Many of those exhibits are interactive, such as one that recreates a natural gas explosion. There are also ancient artifacts that trace the natural processes that create oil back 500 million years. And there are plenty of artifacts on display, such as antique oil field equipment.

The visit to The Petroleum Museum was an amazing journey through over 230 million years of history.  We had a great time visiting it ~ and of course spending time with our family.  Thanks for following ♥

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Karen and Al said...

The oil museum looks to be an interesting place to visit.

Bob and Jo said...

Your stop in the area proves there are a lot of interesting places no matter where you are.

Unknown said...

I have never heard about the petroleum museum. Your post was very informative and the pictures you added were great.

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