Like Ike? Check out these 5 additional Ike sites you should visit!

By Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau on February 26, 2020

Abilene is home to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, but there are more Ike sites you should see during your visit to Abilene. 

1. Dwight D. Eisenhower Mural

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Local artist William Counter completed this digitized Eisenhower mural in 2007.

2. Little Ike Park

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See young Dwight D. Eisenhower in Little Ike Park.

3. Eisenhower Park and Rose Garden

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Abilene City Park Historic District, is home to the Eisenhower Park & Rose Garden, stadium, municipal pool and playground, and the Central Kansas Free Fair. In 1952, General Dwight D. Eisenhower announced his run for the presidency from the stadium.

4. First Abilene Home

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From 1892-1898 the Eisenhower family lived in this home. Today, it’s owned by long-time friends of Ike and Mamie, Claus Gruendl. The Gruendl family also operates the Eisenhower Museum in Oberammergau (Southern Germany).

5. Abilene Travel Information Center

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In 1911, Dwight D. Eisenhower departed from this site for West Point

California architect, Gilbert Stanley Underwood designed Abilene's Union Pacific Railroad Depot and the matching freight depot to the West, in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The building was constructed in 1928 and passenger service began in 1929. 

Dwight D. Eisenhower departed Abilene from this site in 1911, for West Point and his future military career. At that time there was an older 3-story depot/hotel building located on the site. The official end of the Chisholm Trail, the original site of Texas Street and the Historic Post Office Block can be seen from the East portico entrance. 

Mr K's Farmhouse - Abilene, KS

Hungry?

Check the Ike history at Mr. K's Farmhouse or Ike's Place Bar & Grill.

Abilene's Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast - Abilene, KS

Need a place to stay?

Check out the Ike history at Abilene's Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast and the Engle House Bed & Breakfast

But wait, there's more!

Explore President Eisenhower's Legacy by visiting these and other sites. 

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