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Abilene, Kansas

Abilene, Kansas

Over 3 million head of Texas Longhorn cattle arrived in Abilene between the years of 1867 and 1872, to be shipped east by rail. Tom Smith and Wild Bill Hickock became famous for their attempts to maintain law and order on Abilene's legendary Texas Street. As the railhead moved west and the cattle trade waned, Abilene businessmen became entrepreneurs in other areas and the community continued to grow.

C.W. Parker operated an amusement company south of Abilene, manufacturing hand-carved carousels and carnival equipment. Dr. A.B. Seelye's patent medicine company was known across the country. C.L. Brown founded United Telephone Company, which later became Sprint. And President Dwight D. Eisenhower grew to manhood with his five brothers in Abilene. First-class museums showcase the lives of these men.

Known as the Greyhound Capitol of the World, Abilene hosts the Greyhound Hall of Fame and National Greyhound Association Headquarters.

Abilene's history has been well-preserved in its quality museums and beautifully restored historic homes. A diverse economic base is supported by several manufacturing firms and a growing service industry. Thousands of visitors from around the world travel to Abilene each year to tour and shop in the growing number of antique and specialty shops.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Museum of Independent Telephony

The Museum of Independent Telephony shares a building with the Dickinson County Historical Society and Museum. It was in Abilene that Cleyson L. Brown, a local youth, built and operated a telephone exchange in 1898

Abilene, KS Museums

Seelye Mansion and Museum

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the twenty-five room Georgian mansion was built in 1905 by A.B. Seelye, a patent medicine entrepreneur. Museum depicts turn-of-the-century medicine business.

Winner of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture!!

Abilene, KS Famous Homes

Russell Stover Factory Outlet

10,000-square-foot factory outlet store, has a video that plays all the time, to show you how the candy is made.

Abilene, KS Factory Outlets

The Lebold Mansion

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this twenty-three room Victorian mansion was built in 1880 by Conrad H. Lebold. The limestone was quarried from nearby Russell County. Conrad Lebold was a local banker, realtor, politician, and Mayor of Abilene for 2

Abilene, KS Famous Homes


Things to do near Abilene, KS

The Old Onaga Hotel (B&B)

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Bartell Hotel

This hotel, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was built in February 1880. The red brick hotel contai...