Tall City, Empty Buildings: What’s Up With The Abandoned Skyscrapers In Downtown Midland?

Most of the 24 skyscrapers in downtown Midland were built between the 1950s and 1970s.

By Carlos MoralesAugust 29, 2018 9:30 am, ,

From Marfa Public Radio:

An anonymous listener asked Marfa Public Radio: What’s the deal with the abandoned skyscrapers in downtown Midland?

“Most of these buildings downtown were built for the Texacos, the Mobils, all those major oil companies.”

It’s a question that stirred a lot of curiosity in west Texas – it won our first West Texas Wonders voting round.

Standing on the corner of Big Spring and Texas, John James is looking up at the West Texas sky.

“We’re in downtown Midland, staring at what I consider to be the three musketeers,” says James, as cars fill in and out of parking lots. “Three vacant buildings who need some life breathed into them.”

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