Big Bend
2010 Census - 6,953
2000 Census - 6,821
Monahans, Texas
Monahans Texas History:
The Monahans Sandhills area was a favorite spot for Indians until the 1880s when the Texas and Pacific Railroad began using it as a water stop for the line running between the Pecos River and Big Spring, Texas. In 1881, Thomas John Monahan dug the first water well between the Pecos River and Big Spring, and selected a site for a water tank. The community that developed around the water tank was initially called Monahan’s Well. The Texas and Pacific Railway built a line through town in 1881. The Monahans post office was established in 1883. By1905, the town had 89 residents. The town began to grow more rapidly when the nearby Hendrick oilfield opened in 1926. In 1929 the Texas-New Mexico Railway completed tracks from Monahans to Lovington, New Mexico. By, 1930 the population had increased to 816.Monahans is a financial and marketing center for the oil and cattle industries. Monahans is a Texas Main Street City. The town is billed as the “Oasis of the West Texas Desert.” Monahans is located at the intersections of SH 115, SH 18 and IH-20, 6 miles southwest of Monahans Sandhills State Park, 57 miles southwest of Midland, 37 miles southwest of Odessa, 48 miles northwest of Crane, 42 miles northeast of Pecos, 55 miles southeast of Mentone, and 23 miles southeast of Kermit, Texas.
Ward County Courthouse, 1940:
Monahans replaced Barstow as Ward County seat in 1938. The concrete and stone courthouse was designed in modern style by architects Townes & Funk. It was built with a rooftop jail which is no longer in use. The original building has been surrounded with modern additions. The 2010 Ward County census was 10,658. (432) 943-3200. 400 South Allen Avenue.
Million Barrel Museum:
In 1928, the Roxana Petroleum Company built a huge concrete oil storage reservoir because it lacked a pipeline for shipment. The concrete Million Barrel Reservoir as it became known, measures 522.6 feet by 426.6 feet and is 35 feet deep and had a storage capacity of 5 million barrels. Unfortunately the weight of the oil caused the tank to leak, the reservoir was abandoned, and the oil was shipped to Oklahoma for refining. In 1986, Amalie Long donated the tank and 14.5 acres of land to the Ward County Historical Commission for use as a museum complex and park. The reservoir is used for barbeques, dances, cowboy poetry readings and other events. Museum facilities include the reservoir’s 400 seat Meadows Amphitheater, Monahan’s first jail, and the Holman House, a former stagecoach station and Monahan’s former premier hotel. The restored Holman house is furnished with period furnishings and accessories. Museum exhibits include antique oil field equipment, historical artifacts and the Coca-Cola Collection. For years the Big Burger and Coca Cola Museum was a place to purchase burgers and sodas, and to view the great Coca Cola collection that belonged to owners Dan Wetzig and his wife, Elaine. After Dan became ill in 2009, the collection was moved to the Million Barrel Museum. In 2012, the contents of the Pyote Rattlesnake Bomber Base Museum in Pyote, Texas were in the process of being moved the Million Barrel Museum. This popular museum is open Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm. Admission is free. It is located off U.S. 80, 1.5 miles east of the city at 400 Museum Boulevard. (432) 943-8401. (432) 943-2187.
Pyote Rattlesnake Bomber Base Museum:
This base was a training base for B-17 and B-29 bombers during World War II. The nickname “Rattlesnake” was chosen because of the large number of rattlesnakes in the area. The noted 19th Bombardment Group, the first unit to bomb Japanese targets, flew to Pyote directly from combat in the Pacific. At war’s end, the base became an aircraft storage depot, holding some 2,000 Warbirds. The Pyote Museum was located in a county park near Pyote, Texas. In November, 2012 it was closed because the museum contents were begin moved to the Million Barrel Museum in Monahans. Museum exhibits include Rattlesnake Bomber Base and local heritage artifacts.
Ward County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Tue-Thu, 8am-7pm; Wed, Fri, Sat, 8am-5pm. (432) 943-3332. 409 S. Dwight Street, Monahans, TX 79756
Ward County Convention Center:
Amenities include three event rooms, a gallery, an auditorium, a parlor, a kitchen and restrooms. (332) 943-6243. 400 East 4th Street. 
Ward County Coliseum:
Amenities include the arena and four pens. (332) 943-6243. The arena is located on south SH 18.
Annual Wickett Bluegrass Festival, Oct:
Activities include live music and a Thursday evening dinner; a door prize drawing occurs hourly on Saturday. RV sites with full hookups and dry camping are available. The festival is held at the School building cafeteria. Wickett is located a few miles southwest of Monahans. (432) 943-6765. Wickett Map; Click to Enlarge  Area Map
Annual Freedom Fest, July:
Activities include free swimming at Hill Park Pool, a sand dig for treasure, sands bike tours, a dunkin’ booth, a quilt show at the convention center, a performance by the Sandhills Civic Theater, and fireworks after dark. (432) 943-2187.
Jazz Cafe:
They occasionally have live music on weekends. (432) 943-2494. 214 West Sealy Avenue. Reviews
Pappy’s BBQ:
They serve very good barbeque. (432) 943-9300. 1901 South Stockton Avenue. Reviews