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    (1881- )
    Seat of Ector County
    Population: 99,940 (2010)
    Incorporated as a city (1927)
    City symbol is the jack rabbit
    Attractions include The Presidential Museum and Leadership Library, The White-Pool House, Texon Santa Fe Depot, The Parker House Museum, the Jack Ben Rabbit Statue and the Stonehenge Odessa
    It was originally founded as cattle shipping post.
    The weather gets extremely hot and dry in the summer.
    It hosted a strange rodeo which involved roping rabbits until 1977.
    Reality TV shows 'Making News: Texas Style' and 'Black Gold' took place here.
    The Presidential Museum and Leadership Library was closed for six months due to finanicial problems (August 2009-February 2010).
    Its population skyrocketed as oil was founded at Penn Field and Cowden Field in the late 1920s.
    According to the TV series 'Heroes,' it is the season one fictional hometown of Claire Bennett.
    The 'Friday Night Lights' novel which spawned a movie and a TV series of the same name was based on the Permian High School football team's 1988 season.
    It is only a 10 mile drive from the Odessa Meteor Crater.
    It was the filming location of Tommy Lee Jones' movie 'The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.'
    It hosts an oil trade show for workers and executives.
    The University of Texas of the Permian Basin campus included a Stonehenge replica as it is equal to the Stonehenge in England.

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