The design of the hotel balances these ideals with both a timeless beauty and adventurous boldness. Old world style and rustic modernism is carefully punctuated by broad windows, celebrating the open expanse of the sprawling Midland sky. Spacious rooms are adorned with a collection of unique mementos and designed with a classic elegance to feel as comfortable and charmingly offbeat as the city we call home.
The experience of the hotel is about hospitality with soul. Beyond impeccable service, our guests are here to enjoy the true friendliness, heart and genuine nature that are common place to the area. Our staff serves with a casual sophistication and effortless warmth making each guest feel welcomed and relaxed.
So many years ago alongside a dusty rail track, the men pecking away at the rock to find oil proved this city was not for the faint of heart. We try to live with the same tenor and daring courage of those dreamers, never accepting defeat and always pursuing the next horizon. We hope in staying here you leave inspired, emboldened and blissful in the revelry of this small tale of the American spirit.
The developers along with a world-class team of architects, interior designers, branding aficionados as well as a proven hospitality management company will bring the project to life. Hotel Santa Rita No. 1 will have a unique West Texas regional focus, authentic to the surrounding landscape and neighborhoods, creating a vibrant destination for local patrons and urbane travelers alike.
Midland’s local, business and transient guests currently have no choices in upscale or luxury accommodations. The Hotel Santa Rita addresses this hospitality need in an underserved market by offering a highly serviced, uniquely stylized, architecturally relevant hotel complete with destination restaurants, lounges, beautiful event spaces and meeting rooms.
For years, men of great wealth, knowledge and hope had come only to be disillusioned by the unforgiving terrain of West Texas. It would be the inexperienced but astonishingly resourceful pair of Frank T. Pickrell and Haymond Krupp that turned foolish hopes into an enterprise that would change the course of history, but not without first enlisting the help of an unlikely partner.
Before the construction of the well began, a group of Catholic women were approached to invest. They were of course quite dubious of the endeavor and hoped to improve the probability of success where so many had tried and failed. As a condition of their investment, they handed Pickrell an envelope with a blessed single rose and requested the dried crimson petals be scattered from the crown block saying simply,
I hereby christen thee
Invoking the saint of the impossible by no measure made the journey to success easy. For 646 long and certainly fearful days, the team chipped away at sand, salt and rock. Until on the morning of May 28, 1923 as a spray of glittering oil painted the land black, she made good on her promise. The Santa Rita No. 1 stills shows the power of optimism, the tenacity of the human spirit and the belief the impossible is within reach.
In history there are those with vision and those who bring that vision to life. No one was more physically invested in the Santa Rita well than > the driller, Carl G. Cromwell. He was a man to be admired, a man of grit, character and hardiness. Out there in the isolated terrain with his wife and little girl, he inched closer each day towards the oil he hoped was below.
Here we pay homage to a man who was always known to be honest, hospitable and ready to share his table with those who worked beside him. At Cromwells, whether you are hard at work or enjoying a meal with an old friend, we welcome you to our own table.
Menu to feature premium steaks and seasonal fare.
From beginning to end, it took nearly two years of drilling for the Santa Rita to show any sign of oil. For those 646 days, settled in the unforgiving yet hauntingly beautiful terrain of West Texas a dream came to fruition, a fortune was made and a town was forever blessed with a little bit of luck.
Some things change over time, and others remain the same. Oil & Gas still requires the vehement drive, calm resolve and a cautious amount of optimism it did back then. Here at the Six46 we tip our hat to the men and women who have come before us and the history yet to be written. Our private memberships allow you to share a cigar with peers, have a quiet business meeting in our unique library, or simply grab a well made drink at the end of the day.
Nothing makes you feel more renewed than fresh air and a cool drink in hand. Bask in the glow of the wide Midland sky with lots of sun and a few crafted cocktails. This is the place to lay back and lose track of time.
It was 5 hours to midnight when Pickrell and his team were racing to break ground at the site of the Santa Rita and hoping beyond hope to keep everything he had worked to secure. A condition to the parcels of land was a deadline issued by the state that on or before this night, proof of drilling progress had to be made. But as the team was preparing, Pickrell remembered one small but important detail; he needed to find two uninvolved witnesses. Unfortunately for him, it was nighttime in the middle of the desert.
By a sheer stroke of luck, he came across two traveling men up the road. Through quite a bit of coaxing he led them to the site and had them bear witness to the first step in the legendary well.
It was only when they were asked to sign legal documents and given a box of expensive cigars and a nice glass of whiskey as a thank you, the pair of witnesses became increasingly more alarmed they were involved in something less than honest. On the documentation for the state you can see the shaky signature of witness 1: RJ Fitzgerald and his more skeptical friend who became known as the mystery witness and refused to put his name to paper.
In honor of this missing witness, we raise a glass to fine whiskey in the desert, a sigh of relief to deadlines met and our friends talking us on adventures against our better judgment.
Midway Market & Tradeyard celebrates that connection of people and provisions; combining a unique culinary and artisanal experience of the surrounding region.Enjoy distinctive eateries and specialty purveyors of meats, cheeses and wines. Share with your neighbor at our farm style tables or bring something special from Midway Market to your own home.