One could say big dreams (and big oil) shaped Big Spring. Located in center of west Texas ranching lands, Big Spring never lacked for visionaries looking to strike it rich. In the 1920s, one such man struck oil, sparking a 10 year boom. Prosperity and growth of the time can be seen at the beautifully restored Hotel Settles. City development slowed in the late 1930s, but the country’s entry into World War II brought the U.S. Army Air Force to town opening Big Spring Army Airfield as a bombardier training school that eventually graduated over 5,000 bombardiers. It was reactivated in 1951 as Webb Air Force base in response to the Korean War and deactivated after the Vietnam War. Today the Hangar 25 Air Museum at Big Spring Airpark keeps these aviation stories an interactive experience for visitors. Get hands-on with the oil heritage and Alon history at the Heritage Museum. Enjoy outdoor recreation at Big Spring State Park and Comanche Trail Park, stopping at Depression era pavilions and amphitheaters.
Municipal Auditorium and City Hall, 310 E. 3rd St.
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash – in Big Spring, you just may have gone to their concerts before they hit the big time. The municipal auditorium and city hall, built in 1932, is an integral part of community life, whether you’re attending a city council meeting or a symphony concert.