Introduction to Monahans, Texas
Monahans was initially inhabited by Mescalero, Lipan Apache, and Comanches Indian tribes. The tribes were called "Vaqueros" by Spanish explorers, because they mostly hunted the bison or "hump-backed cow." A Spanish explorer, Antonio de Espejo, travelled through the area on his way to New Mexico in 1583. The development of Monahans dates back to the 1880s when the Texas and Pacific Railway extended across the southern plains. John Thomas Monahan was a surveyor who was instrumental in the digging of a water well which led to availability of good water for the area. Before this, water was brought from the Big Spring area of Texas.
Monahans and Nearby Attractions
- Monahans Sandhills State Park
- Million Barrel Museum
- Fort Davis National Historic Site
- American Airpower Heritage Museum
- Davis Mountains State Park
Things To Do In Monahans
Rattlesnake Bomber Base Museum displays artifacts on the local heritage and the Rattlesnake Bomber Base. Million Barrel Museum is located in Monahans. West of the Pecos Museum, Petroleum Museum, Ellen Noel Art Museum, and Museum of the Southwest are located near the city as well. Recreational activities like canoeing, picnicking, and hiking may be enjoyed at the 3,840-acre Monahans Sand Hills State Park, which also has provisions for camel treks, sand surfing, and wildlife watching. A trip may also be planned to St. Genevieve Winery.
Air transportation is available from Midland International Airport.
Monahans Higher Education
University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Midland College, and Odessa College are located near Monahans.