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Fort Davis National Park Archives - Restoration of the White-Pool House (2002)

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  •  White-Pool House on East Murphy Street in Odessa 
  •  Photographs of the house, and of previous owners, Oso Pool, and Charles White 
  •  News report of Ector County Historical Commission’s preservation project on the house 
  •  Cynthia Schneider of News Center 7 
  •  News report of the Ector County Historical Commission’s opening of the White-Pool House for tours 
  •  Daniel Plant of News Center 8 
  •  Oso Pool 
 
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This footage contains three separate clips, all relating to the White-Pool House in Odessa, Ector County. The last two are television news reports from News Center 7, featuring anchors Cynthia Schneider and Daniel Plant. The reports chronicle Ector County Historical Commission’s efforts to preserve the White-Pool home and convert it into a museum. After years of work, they finally open the building to the public.
Charles White moved to Odessa in 1887, becoming one of the earliest settlers of the area. Born in North Carolina, White spent his early life in Indiana, where he met and married Lucy Haughton. When the couple arrived in Odessa, they built one of the first 11 houses in the city, now known as the Historic White-Pool House. White also helped establish the county government, ran a general store, and facilitated the town’s agricultural efforts by growing sorghum cane and cotton and building the first orchards of the city. White died on June 14, 1905, from peritonitis after being kicked by a horse. 
Notable Odessa resident Charles White built the White-Pool House in 1887, making it the oldest surviving structure in the city. In 1923, Oso Pool purchased the house at the height of the oil boom. As a result, he converted the home into an apartment house, while he lived in the basement. Today, the house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public with guided tours.