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    5 Ways to Re-Live the Old West at Old Abilene Town

    July 27, 2021

    If you love the old west, Old Abilene Town is the place for you! Named True Western Town of the Year by True West Magazine, Abilene loves to celebrate its wild and wooly cowboy days. 1. Watch the...

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    History of the Central Kansas Free Fair

    July 6, 2021

    The first Fair on record in Dickinson County was held October 18 & 19, 1870, in the James Bell meadow immediately south of the old Abilene City Dump. In 1879 the directors of the Dickinson...

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    Abilene - George Hamilton IV

    June 8, 2021

    Abilene is a song written by Bob Gibson, Albert Stanton, Lester Brown and John D. Loudermilk, and recorded by American country music artist George Hamilton IV. The song reached number one on the U. S...

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    Abilene Town (1946)

    June 8, 2021

    A great place to live, work and visit, Abilene can be found in both film and song. In the years following the Civil War, the town of Abilene, Kansas is poised on the brink of an explosive...

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    Celebrate Women’s History Month

    March 23, 2021

    March is Women’s History Month and Dickinson County is rich with iconic women from Elizabeth Hersey, who gave Abilene its name, to Ida Stover Eisenhower, mother of President Eisenhower. In 1920, the...

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    Tom Smith: The Marshal Who Fought with his Fists

    December 21, 2020

    "Bear River" Thomas James Smith was born around 1830 in New York.  We do not know his birth date for certain since records have not been found.  This can be a fairly common problem when researching...

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    The Kirby House: Losing an Abilene Landmark

    December 21, 2020

    On Wednesday evening, February 20, 2013, Abilene lost a 128 year old landmark. The Kirby House had stood at 205 Northeast Third Street since 1885, and was a well-known Abilene staple. The Abilene...

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    A Brief Look at Abilene's Historic Buildings: the A.B. Seelye Medicine Company, Plaza Theater

    December 21, 2020

    This theater was known by several names over the years: the Seelye Opera House, Bonebrake Opera House, and Plaza Theater.  In addition to being a theater, the building was also utilized as the...

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    A Brief Look at Abilene's Historic Buildings: the Lebold Mansion

    December 21, 2020

    This beautiful Victorian home was constructed on the original site of the home of Timothy and Elizabeth Hersey, founders of Abilene.  Conrad H. Lebold had great success as an Abilene banker and land...

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    Joseph G. McCoy and the Chisholm Trail, 1867-1871

    December 21, 2020

    You cannot write anything about the history of Dickinson County, Kansas without covering Joseph G. McCoy and his effect on cattle driving. Joseph G. McCoy left a prosperous farm in Illinois and...

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  • C.L. Brown and his Affect on Abilene, Kansas

    December 21, 2020

    Someone who deserves more credit for the changes he brought to Abilene, Kansas is Cleyson LeRoy Brown.  It seems like many people forget or do not even know about what Brown did for his community.  A...

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    C.L. Brown, Kansas Independent Telephony, and a Spirit of Giving

    December 21, 2020

    In this post, the Dickinson County Historical Society shares about C.L. Brown and Kansas Independent Telephony, a look at notable Abilene patriarch Cleyson L. Brown and the spirit of giving that he...

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    C.L. Brown and Kansas Independent Telephony

    December 21, 2020

    In addition to owning 85 companies, C.L. Brown gave back to the Abilene, Kansas community in fantastic ways. This spirit of giving is still found in Kansas independent telecommunications companies...

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    T.C. Henry: The Wheat King of Kansas

    December 21, 2020

    Abilene is a city with an eclectic history.  Whether it is the cattle trade, greyhound history, notable figures, or farming, the town has had many interesting stories and events over the years. ...

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    The Amusement King

    December 16, 2020

    Charles Wallace Parker was born in Griggsville, Illinois in 1864.  At the age of five, his family moved to Abilene, Kansas.  As Parker grew into adulthood, he became interested in creating and...

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    Letters to Santa

    December 16, 2020

    Join us in reminiscing with Letters to Santa written by former Abilene residents and community leaders more than 100 years ago! 1. C.W. Parker Abilene Daily Reflector - December 24, 1906 The...

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    Bi-Centennial Plaques

    August 17, 2020

    Bi-Centennial Historical Marker Project In October 1977 one of the first actions taken by the Abilene Bicentennial Commission when it was appointed by the city of Abilene in 1975 was a decision to...

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    5 More Historic Sites to Learn While Walking Tour

    June 24, 2020

    Share 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...

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    Top 5 Memorable Moments in Drover’s Cottage History

    May 22, 2020

    As construction crews dig deep into the pages of history, secrets of the Drover’s Cottage are unveiled. The new courthouse addition is being constructed in the former location of the famous hotel....

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    Explore Brown Memorial Park and Waterfalls in Abilene, Kansas!

    May 1, 2020

    Social distancing doesn't mean you can't explore the outdoors and what better place to visit than Brown Memorial Park in Abilene, Kansas! Where is Brown Memorial Park? The map below will direct...

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