Share more lessons on Abilene history with your family by walking, biking, or driving by these five sites 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. Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 North Cedar Street
2. Garfield School, 300 Northwest Seventh Street
This former elementary school was built in 1942 with the assistance of the federal Work Projects Administration during the New Deal era. Of blond brick, the building’s simple form and horizontal lines reflect Modern and Art Moderne architecture.
3. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 519 North Buckeye
4. Abilene Historic District #1, 301-309 North Buckeye Avenue
5. Abilene Downtown Historic District