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Odessa
Ector County, Texas

ZipCodes
79760, 79761, 79762, 79763, 79764, 79765, 79766

Motto
Odessa, City of Contrasts
Jackrabbit Capital of Texas



Page Contents for Odessa, Texas

Statistics & Facts

Location

Weather & Climate

Geography

History & History-related items

City Attractions

Government

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.

Libraries.

Schools.



Statistics & Facts

The Texas state capital is Austin.
The population of Odessa is approximately 95,700 1997, 99940 2010.
The approximate number of families is 37,751 1990, 36608 2010.
The amount of land area in Odessa is 91.604 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Odessa is 35.04 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.19 sq kilometers.
The distance from Odessa to Washington DC is 1555 miles.
The distance to the Texas state capital is 296 miles. (as the crow flies)
Odessa is positioned 31.87 degrees north of the equator and 102.34 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Odessa elevation is 2,851 feet above sea level.
Odessa average annual rainfall is 14.96 inches per year
Odessa average annual snowfall is 1.5 inches per year.
Odessa average temperature is 63.3 degrees F.

Location

in the heart of West Texas between Dallas/ Fort Worth and El Paso on Interstate 20, about twenty miles west of Midland.
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Geography


part of the Permian Basin. This basin was formed during the Permian Period which was the final portion of the Paleozoic Era. The basin is about 250 miles wide and 300 miles long. It was once covered by a shallow sea which had many forms of life in it. As the sea dried up, the decaying plants and animals helped to form the pools of oil and gas which dominate the areas economy.

The area has little rain or snow fall and tends to be warm. The grasses here tend to be short and sparse and the trees are usually short.
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Climate


Semi-arid The humidity is usually low. Most of the rain comes between April and October.
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History & History Related Items

History page for Odessa.

As it was for many Texas towns, Odessa began mostly because of the railroad. In 1881, the Texas and Pacific Railway extended its routes across the south plains. Once the tracks were laid, the cheap land was encouragement enough to bring new settlers. By 1885 the ranchers began to arrive and set up their herds. By the mid-1890's, Odessa was a center for cattle in the area. Though cattle remained a vital part of the economy for many years, the discovery of oil here in 1926 changed Odessa in a hurry. The oil brought many other related jobs and people to the area changing its economy to industry rather than cattle.

It is believed that Odessa was named for the Ukraine city of Odessa which has a similar geographic region around it.
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The settling of Odessa

1885

The incorporation of Odessa

April 1927


Attractions

Attractions of the area.

The Presidential Museum
622 North
Odessa, Texas
Phone: 915-322-7123
The only museum in the country dedicated solely to the office of the President. Permanent exhibitions include the Dishong collection of First Lady miniature dolls, campaign trivia, historical documents, and the John Ben Shepperd Library of the Presidents. Please call for hours of operation and fees.

Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale
3100 LaForce Blvd.
Phone: 915-563-0921
This orchestra was formed in 1962 and has provided wonderful concerts since that time. It is the largest group of its type in West Texas.
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Odessa City Government

Odessa has a Council-Manager type of government. This type of government was adopted in December of 1969.


City of Odessa, Texas Website
Odessa City Hall
411 W 8th St
Odessa, TX 79761-4422
Phone: 915-335-3200



COUNTY GOVERNMENT


Ector County website

Odessa Chamber

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce
700 N. Grant, Suite 200
P.O. Box 3626
Odessa, TX 79761
Toll-free: 800-780-4678
Phone: 915 332-9111
Email


Black Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1006
Odessa, TX 79760
Phone: 915333-5812


Mexican American Network of Odessa or MANO
The official Hispanic Chamber of Odessa
1609 W. 10th
Odessa, TX 79763
Phone:915.335.0250
Fax: 915.337.6266
Email

Odessa Organizations

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce
700 N. Grant, Suite 200
P.O. Box 3626
Odessa, TX 79761
Toll-free: 800-780-4678
Phone: 915 332-9111
Email


Black Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1006
Odessa, TX 79760
Phone: 915333-5812


Mexican American Network of Odessa or MANO
The official Hispanic Chamber of Odessa
1609 W. 10th
Odessa, TX 79763
Phone:915.335.0250
Fax: 915.337.6266
Email

Odessa Libraries

Ector County Library
321 W 5th St
Odessa, TX 79761-5024
Phone: 915-332-0633

Odessa Schools

Education page for Odessa.


Ector County School District
802 N Sam Houston Ave
Odessa, TX 79761-3973
Phone: 915-332-9151



HIGHER EDUCATION


University Of Texas
4901 E University Blvd
Odessa, TX 79762-8122
Phone: 915-552-2011

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