Located and the seat of Ector County, Odessa is partly located in Midland County as well in the western part of Texas. The city lies in the part of the west of Midland, in the southern High Plains. When the oil was discovered in the 1920s, the capital of Odessa expanded rapidly. With its strategic location near the oil-rich Permian Basin, it was able to develop a significant distribution-processing-servicing point for the petrochemical complex within. With ranching that is continuing to augment the city's economy, several establishments are starting to rise and took shelter in Odessa. The Odessa Meteor Crater is one of the largest found in the United States, and that the fragments of the meteorites are displayed in the University of Texas. There are several tourist spots in the city that draw visitors, the Globe Theater, a replica of the house of Anne Hathaway, the White-Pool House, the Presidential Museum, and others.
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