Midland Counts on 53-Story Tower as Fracking Buoys West Texas

Midland Counts on 53-Story Tower as Fracking Buoys West Texas

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Outsiders have been seeking fortune from Midland since the discovery of oil in the 1920s and includes the family that spawned two American presidents. George H.W. Bush, in the 1950s, and his son George W. Bush, seen here with his wife Laura, lived in Midland in the 1970s, as partners in oil companies before starting their political careers.