Thousands of people from all over world travel to Midland, Texas, every year to visit a cozy home that holds a unique place in our nation’s history.
Already a Texas landmark, the childhood home of President George W. Bush, now a museum, could become a national landmark, further preserving its historic legacy.
The gray house with its red roof sits at the corner of H Street and Ohio Avenue in Midland. Its unassuming exterior gives no hints it once housed two U.S. Presidents, two governors and a first lady, all at the same time.
The Bush family resided in the home at 1412 W. Ohio Avenue from 1951 to late 1955.
Since acquiring the home in 2001, the nonprofit organization running the museum regularly decorates the home in 1950s style, so visitors can relive the era from when the Bushes lived in the home.
The museum is funded through private donations, as well as its own foundation, and while supporters are regularly generous, the museum’s executive director Paul St. Hilaire acknowledges the museum needs more support to survive for decades to come.
Becoming part of the National Parks Service could help.
Currently, U.S. Representative Mike Conaway is working to make the home a national landmark by sponsoring legislation to study whether or not the National Parks Service should incorporate the site under its umbrella.
If all goes according to plan, Midland could soon be the home of its own national landmark, cementing its place in American History.