Odessa is a city that is located in the western portion of the US state of Texas. Texas is located on the southern border between the United States and Mexico. It is the largest state in the continental United States by land mass. Odessa is the seat of government for Ector County and is the principal city of the Odessa Metropolitan Area. English is the primary spoken and written language of Odessa, although a growing percentage of the population speaks Spanish as well.
As with many cities in western Texas, Odessa was originally a water and cattle grazing stop along the Texas and Pacific Railway. The city's post office was first opened in 1885 and it was incorporated in 1927. Oil was discovered in Odessa early in the 20th century and soon the oil industry became the main draw to the city. The city's population grew as the need for oil grew. Today the city maintains some of its oil production, but it has managed to attract other businesses as well.
Odessa has a humid subtropical climate, which means hot summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures can reach into the 90's Fahrenheit from time to time but winter temperatures rarely dip below 40. Rainfall occurs year round, but it occurs most heavily during the summer months of June through August. Thunderstorms can be severe from time to time.
There are several venues for the performing arts in Odessa. The Midland Odessa Symphony is one of the largest orchestras in the state and has been in existence for the last forty five years. The Globe of the Great Southwest is a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the campus of Odessa College. The city's annual Shakespeare festival is held there each year.
The city has a semi-professional indoor football team, the West Texas Roughnecks, which play at the Ector County Coliseum. Odessa's minor league hockey team, the Odessa Jackalopes, compete in the Coliseum as well.
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