The Railroad Station
If there is one reason for Midland becoming a viable city it was the railroad which arrived in 1885. Oil came later, but if there had been no railroad Midland may not even exist today. It established Midland as the cattle shipping terminal of the area and later brought new residents when oil was discovered in the 1920's. Passenger service to Midland ceased by the early 70's and when the City of Midland would not abate taxes on the station property, the depot was torn down. A sad loss of Midland history. The "ghost" building portrayed here at Main Street and Front, gives a feel for what the station looked like.