What’s In A Name? If Midland Weren’t Named Midland And Odessa Wasn’t Named Odessa..
Midland got its name because it was originally created as a depot halfway between El Paso and Fort Worth. Odessa is named after a city of the same name in the Ukraine because of its similar terrain. Everything has a story and when you're the first to come across something or to create it-you get the benefit of being the one who gets to name it. I just laughed out loud typing that--thinking of the scene in Talladega Nights where Will Ferrell is discussing the names of his children: "If we wanted us some wussies we'd have named them Dr. Quinn and Medicine Woman"...
Typically if you're from here you learned the origins of the town names in school when you were young. If you're a transplant like me you learn it from the locals. Either that or the internet. But what if these two towns didn't have those names? What if they had been named something completely different? What if the two cities had been named after something to do with the oil industry? Pump Jack Texas? Fracking Texas?
Let's turn it over to YOU. What would these two towns be named if they didn't have their current names? Would it be something oil-related? Wind-related? Or names from the first settlers of the region? Or maybe something after the wild wild west? I also wonder if the names had been different, would they have stuck or would they have gotten changed from the originals based on new generations? Comment below and we'll share the best ones on the air.