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Page Contents for Abilene, Kansas

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History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.


Statistics & Facts

The Kansas state capital is Topeka.
The population of Abilene is approximately 6,523 (2000), 6844 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,856 (1990), 2878 (2010).
The amount of land area in Abilene is 9.205 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Abilene to Washington DC is 1146 miles.
The distance to the Kansas state capital is 87 miles. (as the crow flies)
Abilene is positioned 38.91 degrees north of the equator and 97.22 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in central Kansas, east of Salina. Here is a map page for Abilene. It is about 90 miles from both Topeka and Wichita. Kansas City is about 150 miles away.
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History & History Related Items

The famous Chisholm Trail came to Abilene and helped to gain Abilene its reputation as the wickedest and wildest town in the west as the cowboys celebrated at the end of the trail.

Abilene was named by Eliza Hersey, the wife of Timothy Hersey, the founder of Abilene. She chose the name because it means city of the plains from Luke 3:1 in the New Testament. It began as a small stagecoach stop in 1857, but once discovered by the cattle traders it grew to a city of 3,000. Not only were there more people and houses, but also more saloons, night clubs, gambling houses and businesses. The stockyards here created a booming prairie town. Cattle arriving here were shipped east by train between 1867 and 1872. Everyone has heard of the famous lawmen, Tom Smith and Wild Bill Hickok who attempted to keep the peace in this town of riotous cowboys.

Former US President, Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denton, Texas and raised in Abilene. He spent most of his boyhood here. He attended Elementary through High School in Abilene.

Many of the older homes have been restored here with a number of quality museums available for visiting. The history of Abilene has been well-preserved.

This page is about the history of the Chisholm Trail
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
Birthplace and childhood home of former US President, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"Ike" was raised here in Abilene and lived here for most of his growing up years. He graduated here from high school in 1909. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1915. He served as a distinguished general in World War II and was elected President of the USA in 1952, serving two terms. A biographical page for Dwight David Eisenhower and for Mamie Doud Eisenhower, the wife of President Eisenhower. Here are more links for the Eisenhowers.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
200 Southeast Fourth Street
Abilene, Kansas 67410
Phone: 785-263-4751
Toll-free: 877-RING IKE
Fax: 785-263-4218

The Fashion Museum
A Century of Style
3rd & Broadway
Abilene, Kansas
Phone: 785-263-7997
Please call for hours of operation and tour information

CW Parker Carousel
412 S. Campbell
Abilene, Kansas
Phone: 785/263-2681
Complete hand carved working carousel manufactured in Abilene at the turn of the century by C.W. Parker Amusement Company. Available for rides.

State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
213 N. Broadway
Abilene, Kansas 67410
Phone: 785-263-7403

Greyhound Hall of Fame
409 S. Buckeye
Abilene, Kansas 67410
Toll-free: 800-932-7881
See displays of greyhounds from ancient times to the present.
Please call for hours of operation.

Heritage Center
412 S. Campbell
Abilene, Kansas
Phone: 785-263-2681

Museum of Independent Telphony
412 S. Campbell
Abilene, Kansas 67410
Phone: 785-263-2681

Eisenhower Center
Phone: 785-263-4751
Family home, Museum, Library, Visitors Center, place of meditation.

Hall of Generals
100 S.E. 5th St.
Abilene, Kansas
Phone: 785-263-4194
Wax figures of famous WWII generals.

Old Abilene Town & Museum
S.E. 6th at Buckeye
Abilene, Kansas
Phone: 785-263-3000

Antique Doll Museum
1709 N. Buckeye
Abilene, Kansas
Phone: 785-263-1883

Seelye Mansion, Gardens & Museum
1105 N. Buckeye
Abilene, Kanasas
Phone: 785-263-1084
Built in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historic PLaces, this twenty-five room mansion is in the georgian style. It was built by A. B. Seelye.
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Abilene City Government

City of Abilene
P.O. Box 519
City Building
Abilene, Kansas 67410
Phone: 785-263-2550
Fax: 785-263-2552

Abilene has a Commission-Manager form of government with a five member Commission, elected at-large

Abilene is the county seat for Dickinson County

Abilene Chamber

Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce
500 N. Buckeye
Abilene, Kansas
Toll-free: 866-224-5357
Phone: 785-263-1770

Abilene Organizations

Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce
500 N. Buckeye
Abilene, Kansas
Toll-free: 866-224-5357
Phone: 785-263-1770 Abilene


The population of Abilene was:
1990 - 6,242
1998 - 6,520
2000 - 6,543

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