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First known as the junction of many trails and site of the last Comanche raid into Texas.
In 1881 the Texas and Pacific Railroad was built; equi-distant between El Paso and Fort Worth, this became known as Midland. First settler was a sheepman …
Plotted in 1849 by a U. S. Army surveying expedition under Capt. Randolph B. Marcy. Guided by Manuel, a Comanche Indian, Marcy crossed the dreaded staked plains of West Texas, proving their feasibility for travel, and opening a new and shorter roa…
Formed from Tom Green County.
Created March 4, 1885
Organized March 25, 1885
Named for its location which is halfway between Ft. Worth and El Paso.
County Seat Midland
First named Midway
The discovery of oil in the Permian Basin during the 1920s helped sustain the area economy during the Great Depression, and many oil and gas companies established headquarters in Midland. Not until the 1940s, though, did Midland County begin seein…