In Texas: The Only Game in Town

Two hundred and fifty million years ago (is this not the way James Michener would begin?), a depression that would come to be known as the Permian Basin developed in what would come to be known as West Texas. Then, to make a long story short (the demands here are somewhat more telescopic than those Big Jim labors under), there would be dinosaurs and much later there would be fossil fuels. Cow towns called Midland and Odessa would be established, their commercial cornerstones eventually to shift from cattle to the petroleum that lay beneath the desert pocked by what the Spanish...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!