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A little about Abilene

Abilene is a place of history, growth and innovation. It began as a stage stop and grew into the West's first Cow Town shipping as many as 700,000 head of cattle East to feed a growing nation. Wild Bill Hickok and Dwight D. Eisenhower called Abilene home. The wealth created by cattle primed the pump to build some of the most incredible homes and buildings of the period. We can show you that Abilene today is an incredible window into the past and a remarkable place to visit today.

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The history of Abilene

In 1857, Dickinson County was founded. Abilene began as a stage coach stop in the same year, established by Timothy Hersey and named Mud Creek. It wasn't until 1860 that it was named Abilen, from a passage in the bible, meaning "city of the plains".[1] In 1867, the Kansas Pacific Railway (Union Pacific) pushed westward through Abilene. In the same year Joseph G. McCoy purchased 250 acres of land north and east of Abilene. Upon this land McCoy then built a hotel, the Drover’s Cottage, stockyards equipped for 2,000 heads of cattle, and a stable for their horses. The Kansas Pacific put in a switch at Abilene that enabled the cattle cars to be loaded and sent on to their destinations. The first twenty carloads left September 5, 1867, en route to Chicago, McCoy encouraged Texas cattlemen to drive their herds to his stockyards. The stockyards shipped 35,000 head that year and became the largest stockyards west of Kansas City, Kansas.

Contact Information

Address:
201 NW 2nd
Abilene, Kansas
67410

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Businesses in Abilene, Kansas

Here is a collection of local Abilene, Kansas businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

Art Lodging Museums / Attractions Restaurants Services Shopping

 

American Indian Art Center

Art

Representing art from 30 tribes

 

Abilene's Victorian Inn

Lodging

Enchanting yet comfortable bed and breakfast

 

Covered Wagon Campground

Lodging

A campgound with full amenities

 

Windmill Inn

Lodging

The peacefulness of the Flint Hills

 

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

Museums / Attractions

Come and enjoy a ride!

 

The Heritage Center

Museums / Attractions

A look through history of life and innovation

 

Amanda's Bakery & Bistro

Restaurants

Specialty espresso drinks and fresh baked-from-scratch pastry

 

Brookville Hotel

Restaurants

Famous for our fried chicken

 

Cox Bros. BBQ

Restaurants

Slow smoked genuine BBQ

 

Hitching Post Restaurant

Restaurants

Homemade and made fresh daily.

 

Ike's Place Bar & Grill

Restaurants

A tribute to our famous citizen, Dwight D. Eisenhower!

 

Mr. K's Farmhouse

Restaurants

This was one of Ike's favorite restaurants

 

Paws-N-Claws

Services

Pet grooming and supplies

 

Abilene Downtown Antique Mall

Shopping

7500 sq ft. of quality antiques & collectibles

 

Aksent Jewelry Boutique

Shopping

Original inspired jewelry

 

Buckeye Antique Mall

Shopping

Traditional antique store

 

Cypress Bridge

Shopping

Handmade custom scented candles

 

Hairtiques and The Gift Parlor

Shopping

The best kept secret in Abilene!