Midland was founded as a railroad stop at the midpoint between Fort Worth and El Paso.
See also: Driving through Texas hill country.
The discovery of oil in the 1920s propelled the town from a map speck to one of the state's most affluent communities.
For all its wealth and Big-City skyline, it is still uniquely West Texan: Barbecue and mariachi mingle with haute couture and endless cowboy boots.
For entertainment, check out the Museum of the Southwest and the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale.
But for real action, think Friday Night Lights: In West Texas, high school football is more a religion than a sport.