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Monahans

Lost, Texas

Monahans is at the intersection of Farm Road 18 and Interstate Highway 20, thirty-six miles southwest of Odessa in northeast Ward County.  The town was named for Thomas John (Pat) Monahan, who dug the first water well between the Pecos River and Big Spring at Monahans in 1881 and selected the site for a water tank, around which a ranch supply point later developed.  The town was originally called Monahan’s Well. The Texas and Pacific Railway reached the site in August 1881.  A post office was established at Monahans in 1883, and in 1900 James R. Holman opened the Monahans Hotel, a landmark for prospectors and land agents.  Growth was slow.  A public school was begun in 1898; the following year thirty-six students attended.  The precinct that included Pyote and Monahans had 222 residents in 1900; by 1905 Monahans itself had an estimated population of eighty-nine.  In 1910 the precinct…

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