The final week of our Listen To America road trip began in Odessa, Texas.
Located in western Texas, Odessa features cultural touchstones that span this world and beyond. For one, the city houses the Presidential Museum and Leadership Library. The facility, on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, is dedicated to the presidency and is the only one of its kind. All other U.S. presidential libraries are dedicated to specific occupants of the Oval Office. Also on the campus is a Stonehenge replica. The replica is horizontally the same as the original Stonehenge in England, but is 70 percent of the vertical height.
Odessa is said to be named after the city in Ukraine because of its similar landscape aesthetic, and is home to the Odessa Meteor Crater. The impact crater is 550 feet in diameter and is estimated to be 63,500 years old.
Here’s what our time in Odessa looked like: