Introduction to Kermit, Texas
This area was developed initially as a center that supplied provisions to nearby ranches. When Winkler County was organized, Kermit was declared its county seat. The area was named for President Theodore Roosevelt's son Kermit Roosevelt who visited during a hunting expedition. People left because of a drought during 1916 and by 1924 there was only one family left in the town. Oil was found near Kermit in 1926, following which there was boom in development. The Texas-New Mexico Railway arrived in 1929 and the town was incorporated in 1938.
Kermit and Nearby Attractions
- Ellen Noel Art Museum
- West of the Pecos Museum
- Monahans Sand Hills State Park
- Petroleum Museum
- Museum of the Southwest
Things To Do In Kermit
Interactive exhibits related to oil fields are displayed at the Petroleum Museum which also exhibits interviews with pioneers and equipment used during the early days of drilling. It has an outdoor exhibit area of 40 acres. The Museum of the Southwest features a planetarium, a children's museum, and an art museum. The 3,840-acre Monahans Sand Hills State Park is accessible from Kermit and offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and camping.
The nearest airport is Midland International.
Kermit Higher Education
Midland College, Odessa College, and University of Texas of the Permian Basin are situated close to Kermit.