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  • Writer's pictureKris Moore

Kris Moore’s Guide to the Permian Basin

If you are thinking of moving to the Permian Basin or have just recently moved here—or Heck, been living here for a while you are probably not aware of some of the interesting, fun and frustrating things we have to offer. First of course, we are the largest energy producer from wind to oil and natural gas—Texas leads the nation in energy production. Just look around on your travels around our area and you will see the oil rigs and pump jacks everywhere. It makes a beautiful picture at sunrise or sunset. Downtown Midland and Downtown Odessa are both unique in their own ways. Odessa’s downtown is now home to four brand new professionally commissioned Murals on prominent buildings. The Spire is a fully-lit shining beacon of light near 8th and Dixie in Odessa. Midland has made downtown a fun area to park your car and walk to a variety of restaurants including Opal's Table, Pi Social, Wall Street Bar and Grill or grab a cocktail at Sip Haus or The Basement. The addition of the Bush Convention Center nestled on a fully-renovated Centennial Park gives something for everyone. Currently though because of growing pains both cities are experiencing constant road construction which make driving a real challenge. The end will be wonderful but now it is a definite problem—if traveling, always give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

Now for the West Texas Weather, hold on to your hats, we have windy days almost every day. You may wake up to a cool, still morning and by afternoon it is blazing hot. Temperatures vary hour by hour and day by day, West Texans know to carry a jacket, umbrella, sun screen and bug spray to always be prepared.

The people are the best part of West Texas. We are warm and friendly with lots of, “Yes Sirs” and “No Maa’ms”. Ya’ll will see that with southern hospitality, the Permian Basin is the place to be!


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