Basin Buzz: Inside the oldest structure in Ector County, once owned by early West Texas pioneers


Built in 1887, the house has since become a museum that keeps the history of West Texans in the Victorian era as accurate as possible.

ECTOR COUNTY, Texas — If you wanted to step back in time and see how the pioneers lived in West Texas, there’s a house that can take you there.

The Historic White Pool House in Odessa was built by the White family in 1887. Charles and Lucy White would build this house with their two sons.

The Quaker family had left Indiana when their grain business was hit hard after the Civil War. Lucy’s health wasn’t doing too well either, but West Texas and its dry climate would be the answer to their prayers.

The house would eventually be purchased by a man named Oso Pool in 1923. As 1926 rolled around, oil was first discovered in Ector County.

Of course, the population of Odessa was only about 750 and there was a housing shortage. So when things started to blow up, Oso found another use for the house by turning it into a boarding house.

Each room contains everything from wardrobe to items used around the house like irons, butter churn and beauty products. You will also find a piano offered by the family and some record players.

The barn outside the house and the outdoor environment have also become a space where couples can marry and celebrate events. The museum also houses a bridal chamber that brides can rent for their big day.

“One of the things they also find is that they’re surprised because a lot of people who live here didn’t even know that,” manager Betty Owens said. “There’s so much history here, but so little of it is part of Odessa and really celebrated, so it’s a great way to do it.”

You can visit the museum for tours and see the historical exhibits for yourself. The house is located at 112 E Murphy St in Odessa. For more information, Click here.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Odessa history, United States history, or world history,” said board member Christine Holcomb. “It’s a roadmap that prepares you for your future. The people who live here and who have settled in this area, the people who still make a living here, have courage. I just think they are the pioneers who started. They were second to none. I am It’s a testament to who we are.


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