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Named one of the top 20 “best small towns to visit” by Smithsonian Magazine, Abilene is a Chisholm Trail cowtown and hometown of 5-Star General and 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Story Ideas

  1. Abilene, Kansas: the cowtown that raised a president
  2. National Archives Opens Newly Renovated Eisenhower Presidential Museum
  3. Vacation like a President
  4. Theatre re-imagined. How one small town made lemonade out of lemons and brought live, professional theatre to the Midwest
  5. VE-Day 75th Anniversary: How and where to commemorate
  1. Dwight D. Eisenhower: 5 Star Commander and Chef
  2. What’s more patriotic than bbq on the Fourth of July? Eisenhower Coal-Fired Steak
  3. Cold winter meals: Kansas cinnamon rolls and Eisenhower chili
  4. Best fried chicken in every state (Abilene’s World Famous Brookville Hotel)
  5. Dine like a President: The President’s favorite restaurant, Lena’s (now Mr. K’s Farmhouse)
  1. Top 10 treasures inside this 1904 Kansas mansion (Seelye Mansion)
  2. The prettiest park in every state: Eisenhower Rose Garden (Abilene, KS)
  3. After the Presidency: Ike the gentleman farmer
  4. Frontier cabins, the original “tiny houses” (Dickinson County Heritage Center / Old Abilene Town cabins)
  5. Eisenhower: Farmers’ Market to the Front Lines
  1. We Still Like Ike. Timeless Presidential campaign slogans
  2. How Eisenhower’s Interstate System changed the country and its wallet
  3. How one entrepreneur changed the west: Joseph McCoy and the Chisholm Trail
  4. Eisenhower and Henry Luce: Psychological Warfare
  5. C.W. Parker, amusement king and creator of the carousel
  1. Memorable train rides for families (Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad)
  2. Old fashioned soda fountains your family will love
  3. Children in the White House – Eisenhower grandchildren
  4. Presidential family past times. First family favorite games
  5. How Presidents deal with loss. Doud “Icky” Eisenhower’s death sparks decades of handwritten notes from the President to other grieving parents
  1. Fashionable First Ladies: Mamie Eisenhower
  2. Mamie Eisenhower: First Lady and Fix-it Woman
  3. First Lady Spa Treatments
  4. Unique wedding reception venues: Eisenhower Presidential Library Ballroom
  5. Valentine’s Day Proposals: From Friends to First Ladies
  1. Golf: Game of Presidents
  2. Before the Presidency: Ike as a minor league baseball player
  3. The President vs. the Augusta National’s loblolly pine
  4. From small town to big city: Abilene’s Cody Whitehair joins NFL’s Chicago Bears 
  5. Rodeo at its best: PRCA’s Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo

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