Profile for Abilene, Kansas, KS
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"Greyhound Capital of the World"
Abilene is a city in Dickinson County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for biblical place.
The latitude of Abilene is 38.917N. The longitude is -97.213W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,155 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 6,456.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Abilene demographic reports
Abilene is on the Smoky Hill River.
Railhead on the Union Pacific Railroad
Longhorn cattle were driven over the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, then shipped to eastern markets.
Well-known residents have included:
· President Dwight D. Eisenhower
· Wild Bill Hickok, frontiersman
· Marlin Fitzwater, press secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush
Local festivals include:
- Western Heritage Festival - Aug. 4-5, 2007
- Chisholm Trail Festival - Oct. 6, 2007
- Central Kansas Free Fair - Aug. 2-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Abilene web sites and events links in the sections below.
Abilene attractions: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad
Historic routes: Chisholm Trail
Historic sites and museums: Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Greyhound Hall of Fame, Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Old Abilene Town and Western Museum, Heritage Center of Dickinson County, Lebold Mansion
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
By 1870, Abilene boasted ten boardinghouses, ten saloons, five general stores, and four hotels. During the summer shipping season, the town was hot, with little swift-turning whirlwinds spinning the powdery dust in the streets. It was noisy with the continual bawling of cattle, the cries of cowhands, the dust-muffled beat of horses' hooves.
-- The American West
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Ancestry & family history
28% of Abilene residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Abilene ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Abilene was $17,356, compared with $21,587 nationally.
17% of Abilene residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Abilene festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Central Kansas Free Fair - A
- Chisholm Trail Festival - O
- Western Heritage Festival - A
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Abilene include Abilene City Park Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Abilene, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $305. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $718.
Libraries in Abilene include Abilene Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Abilene include Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, Reflector Chronicle
Dickinson County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Abilene political report.
The average commute time for Abilene workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Abilene include Best Western, Holiday Inn, Super 8, Victorian Reflections B&B.
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“ By 1870, Abilene boasted ten boardinghouses, ten saloons, five general stores, and four hotels. During the summer shipping season, the town was hot, with little swift-turning whirlwinds spinning the powdery dust in the streets. It was noisy with the continual bawling of cattle, the cries of cowhands, the dust-muffled beat of horses' hooves. ”
~ The American West
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