Million Barrel Tank & Museum

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On the southeastern outskirts of Monahans lies a true monument to the Texas Oil Boom era, The "Million Barrel" constructed in the winter of 1928 by the Shell Oil Company to provide badly needed crude oil storage.

From east to west, the Million Barrel measures 426 feet 6 inches across the floor, and from north to south, it measures 522 feet 6 inches. Work on the tank was completed in only 90 days of working around the clock.

When operational, the tank stored a million barrels of crude which where delivered to Oklahoma for refinement. Filled only once, Shell abandoned it in the early 1930's.

Today, it's evident to most everyone in West Texas that the storage tank was never meant to serve just one purpose. Now called the Million Barrel Museum, the tank plays host to community and private barbeques, dances, chili cook-offs, craft shows and class reunions. A segment of the tank wall was used to create the 400 seat Meadows Amphitheaters where performances are held.

Beside the tank sits the original Holman House. It is now restored and refurbished to reflect from about 1890 to 1927 when it was a home to the Holman family and a hotel to the early-day travelers of Monahans. Filled with antique furniture and pictures from the past the house makes a pleasant way to spend an hour or two reliving life at the turn of the century.

Other exhibits at the Million Barrel Museum include the old Monahans jail just as it was in 1928, a section of track with a vintage caboose and a boxcar filled with railroad memorabilia. Nearby is a railroad section house and the Pyote Telephone Exchange Building.

The Million Barrel Museum is the ideal place to return to the West Texas 20's  lifestyle and see housing, farm equipment, a 1928 pulling rig along with a portable school house featuring turn of the century medical and photographic equipment plus much more.

For the holidays, visit the Million Barrel Museum on the first weekend in December for a gala Christmas lighting and holidays activities, or bring in the new year the first weekend in January.

Summer Schedule
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Sunday: 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Winter Schedule
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Sunday: 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

400 Museum Blvd
Monahans, Texas 79756
915-943-8401

Email us at millionbarrel_museum@monahans.org

 

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Dec. 19, 2003