West Texas Historical Literature
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One of my favorite subjects is history, particularly that of popular
culture, technology, and commerce. I've collected some information from
around my area of West Texas I hope you will enjoy.
12 Oaks Motor Hotel, Odessa, TX.
Postcard (ca. 1970's)
The Twelve Oaks was constructed to (sort of!) look like Ashley Wilkes'
plantation house in Gone With The Wind.
I estimate these postcards are from the late '70s or early '80s. The
Twelve Oaks was located on Hwy. 80 (2nd St.) in Odessa, an area which
since has become kind of seedy and seamy. Before Interstate 20 was
built in the mid 60's, all of the traffic from Dallas and points east
headed for California, etc. would have come through Odessa on Hwy. 80.
Therefore, there were many motels built here. Many of them still
operate today, although some are nicer than others!
When I came to the area in 1999, the Twelve Oaks was still standing but
Some say it shut down around 1993. It was torn down around 2003 and now
just a vacant lot remains.
More information to come!
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