Waiting for Veterans
 to return home in 1919
"Vehicles lined up at the depot. Odessa families waiting for train with world war I Veterans returning home after the war."
Not only did the end of WWI reunite soldiers with their families but it also brought home the Wilson brothers, who up until then had been Odessa's only permanent doctors. When they enlisted in 1917, medical care fell to family members or professionals brought in specifically to fight the flu epidemic.
Many historical events in Odessa revolved around the Texas & Pacific train depot.

Courtesy, Permian Historical Society Archival Collection; & author Glenn Justice.

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