Midland's Famous Son George -- Born in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 6, 1946, George Walker Bush -- aka "Dubya" -- was on the plains of West Texas by the time he was 2 years old. His father (and the 41st president), George H. W. Bush, moved the family west to seek fortune in the oil business. The first stop was Odessa, but in 1950, the family moved to Midland, where they lived until 1959. It was this time -- young George's formative years -- that made the biggest impression on this president-to-be, and in 1975 he returned as an adult to Midland's oil business. The Bushes lived at 1412 W. Ohio Ave. between 1951 and 1955, and this home has been restored to its 1950s appearance and is open to the public. For additional information, contact the George W. Bush Childhood Home, 1412 W. Ohio Ave. (tel. 432/682-1111; www.bushchildhoodhome.org). Additionally, the Presidential Museum in Odessa relocated the Bush home in Odessa to its grounds and also restored it for the public.

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