Early Abilene

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During the 1870s, there was wondrous change in West Texas. The area was ripe for settlement, and as the Texas and Pacific Railroad pushed west from Fort Worth, towns began springing up along the tracks. Ranchers coming to the area took advantage of the vast grasslands, and the new arrival of settlers was the beginning of a town named Abilene. Deriving its namesake from the town of Abilene, Kansas, the locals hoped the city would become a shipping point for cattle on their way to eastern markets. The town has since grown to be one of West Texas's most thriving metropolitan areas. The city—which is home to Dyess Air Force Base—is also well known for its numerous parks, schools, universities, and historic neighborhoods that are enjoyed by its 120,000 residents.
ISBN: 9780738579542
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 215
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Jack E. North is a lifelong resident of Abilene. A graduate of Abilene High School and McMurry University, today he operates Abilene's oldest funeral home. He is the author of two previous books: Pioneers of the Abilene Area and That's My Coat. In Images of America: Early Abilene, North digs into his personal collection of over 4,000 images to showcase some of Abilene's first businesses, ranch scenes, schools, colleges, and churches, taking readers on a photographic journey through the town's historic past.
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