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ABILENE, TEXAS

"The Star of Texas"
Taylor County Seat, West Texas/Texas Panhandle
Junction of Hwys 20, 80, 36 (East-West) &
83, 84, and 277 (North-South)
183 miles W of Dallas & Fort Worth
141 miles E of Midland, through Big Spring

Population: 115,930 (2000)

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Pine Street, Abilene, Texas old postcard

Pine Street

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Abilene History in a Pecan Shell

Buffalo Gap had been the county seat when Taylor County was organized in 1878. Business men somehow convinced the Texas & Pacific railroad that their land was flatter, or otherwise more suitable for a laying tracks and Buffalo Gap was left where it was. One of these same business men suggested they name it after Abilene, Kansas. And so it was.

Abilene was then promoted as the "Future Great City of West Texas." Lots were sold in 1881 and on January 2, 1883 it became the county seat.
Cotton waiting to be waited, Abilene, Texas
Cotton in Abilene
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Spillway, Lytle Lake, Abilene, Texas
Spillway, Lytle Lake, Abilene
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Abilene Landmarks include:

  • Taylor County Courthouse
  • Old Taylor County Courthouse (1914) - 300 Oak Street. This was the County's third courthouse. The first was in Buffalo Gap when it was the county seat. The second, which strongly resembled the Albany Courthouse was razed to make room for this one.
  • The Grace Museum - 102 Cypress Street. The former Hotel Grace, later the Drake Hotel, was built in 1909.A recent 4.8 million dollar restoration has given Abilene one of the finest restored hotels in the entire state.
  • The Wooten Hotel
    Now Abilene Towers (Right)
    302 Cypress Street.
    Built in 1930 and paid for in cash by grocery magnate H.O. Wooten, whose home is also on the historic landmarks tour.
  • Wooten Hotel, Abilene Texas
  • The Paramount Theater - 352 Cypress Street. Also built in 1930, it was no coincidence, but was part of a plan by H.O. who had the captive audience in his hotel.
  • Elmdale - A ghost town within Abilene city limits
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  • Windsor Hotel now Cypress Building, Abilene Texas
    Windsor Hotel - 174 Cypress, Abilene
    The original Windsor Hotel was built in 1890 and is the oldest commercial building in Abilene. It featured arched openings on the second and third floors and a 16-foot high balcony with ornate iron decoration. The 1997 renovation returned the facade to its original hotel look, now called the Cypress Building. - Steve Johnson, May 2007
    Boyd Building - 1292 N. 1st, Abilene
    Built in 1925, the Boyd Building is one of Abilene's premier examples of an early service station. The original station was Gulf Refinery Company, No. 3, and was later taken over by the C. H. Boyd and Sons Tire Co. - Steve Johnson, May 2007
    Majestic Theater Abilene Texas
    Majestic Theater

    1986 photo courtesy Billy Smith
    Abilene Nearby Destinations:
    Texas WWII Camp Barkeley gate

    Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007

    Camp Barkeley
    One of the nation's largest military camps of WWII
    11 Miles SW of Abilene
    Now Dyess AFB
  • Buffalo Gap - The former county seat is fourteen miles south of town on Hwy 89. Buffalo actually migrated through this gap in the Tonkawa mountains. Famed for being a scenic oasis in West Texas, Buffalo Gap also has the Buffalo Gap Historic Village. The village consists of 20 restored buildings including the old Taylor County Courthouse and Jail. 325-572-3365
  • Fort Phantom Hill - 14 Miles N of Abilene
  • Abilene State Park and Lake Abilene :
    Off Hwy 89 South of Buffalo Gap
    150 Park Road 32
    Tuscola TX 79562
    325/572-3204
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/abilene/abilene.htm
  • Lake Clyde - 5 miles south of Clyde. 25 miles east of Abilene. On the headwaters of the Pecan Bayou.
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fish/infish/lakes/clyde/lake_id.htm
  • Lake Leon - On the Leon River in Eastland County, 68 miles east of Abilene
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fish/infish/lakes/leon/lake_id.htm
  • Hwy 351 Northeast 35 miles to Albany
  • Hwy 84 South 52 miles to Coleman

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  • Taylor County Towns and Ghost Towns

    County Seat - Abilene
    Taylor County Courthouse
  • Bradshaw
  • Buffalo Gap
  • Caps
  • Elmdale
  • Guion
  • Hamby
  • Impact
  • Lawn
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Merkel
  • Moro
  • Nubia
  • Ovalo
  • Shep
  • Trent
  • Tuscola
  • Tye
  • View
  • Wylie

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  • Coca Cola sign in Abilene, Texas




    Old Coca Cola sign

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
    Abilene Tourist Information
    The Abilene Convention and Visitor's Bureau -
    Located in the beautifully restored T & P Depot.
    A downtown walking guide is available and a booklet of historical landmarks is for sale.
    1101 North First Street. 1-800-727-7704
    website: www.abilene.com/visitors

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    Abeline TX Cotton Scenes - Cotton wagons, pstmrk1909

    Abeline, Texas Cotton Scene

    Abilene Texas street scene,  postcard
    Abilene street scene - North Third Street looking West
    Abilene Texas Pine Street

    Underpass and Pine Street looking north

    Old Postcards circa 1944
    Abilene Texas Forum
  • Tacoma Calling Abilene
    Dear Texas Escapes, I was wondering if anyone remembers the drug store that used to operate as Cooks Drugs in Abilene. It was located, I believe, on South 7th close to the intersection with Willis Street. I would like to know if it still exists although I am sure it's long gone. I spent many summers in Abilene at my grandparents on the corner of South 6th and Willis. This was back in the 1960's. Back then we use to go to Cooks to their soda fountain and had "real" Cherry Cokes. I would love to see a picture of the existing structure and other structures close by to the Ole Cooks drug store. - Carl Pederson, Tacoma, Washington, September 04, 2006
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