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Midland Essential Info

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Midland is a city in Texas with a population that just passed the 100,000 mark. Named among the 150 best U.S. cities in which to live for the past twelve years, its warm climate, friendly people, and central location are the primary reasons for the city’s popularity. Twenty minutes to the west is Odessa, with a population of about 100,000. Nearly a quarter of a million people reside in the Midland/Odessa metropolitan area.

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  1. Midland was originally founded as the midway point between Fort Worth and El Paso on the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1881.
  2. Midland has received national recognition as being the hometown of former First Lady Laura Bush, and the onetime home of former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, and former First Lady Barbara Bush.
  3. Nicknamed "The Tall City," Midland has long been known for its downtown skyline.
  4. In the Heroes television series, the Midland-Odessa area is a focal point for many of the first season's episodes, serving as the home for the Bennet family as well as the location of a recurring restaurant, the Burnt Toast Diner.
  5. Tommy Lee Jones, an American actor and filmmaker who won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive, was raised in Midland.

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