Share lessons on Abilene history with your family by walking, biking, or driving by these five sites downtown that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an official list of the country's historic places worthy of preservation. Learn about architecture as well by looking for unique features like colored tiles, finials (distinctive ornaments along the roofline), sculptures, and masonry medallions and arches over windows and doorways.
1. Hotel Sunflower, 409 Northwest Third Street
2. United Building, 300 North Cedar Street
3. Perring Building, 115 Northwest Third and 118 Northwest Second Streets
4. Abilene Union Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot, Northwest Second and Broadway Streets
In 1911, Dwight D. Eisenhower departed from this site for West Point. The buff brick and terra cotta Spanish Colonial Revival style depot greeted seven passenger trains daily in 1929, the year it was completed.
5. Abilene Union Pacific Railroad Freight Depot, 110 North Cedar Street
Built from 1928 to 1929 at the same time as the passenger depot nearby, the freight depot also is in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Be sure to note the unique roof and look for colorful tiles and masonry features.