Abilene, Texas

city in Taylor and Jones counties in Texas, United States

Abilene is a city in the US state of Texas. It is the County seat of Taylor County. About 120,000 people live there.[1]

Abilene
City
Abilene at sun down
Abilene at sun down
Flag of Abilene
Map of Abilene
Map of Abilene
Coordinates: 32°27′N 99°45′W / 32.450°N 99.750°W / 32.450; -99.750Coordinates: 32°27′N 99°45′W / 32.450°N 99.750°W / 32.450; -99.750
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyTaylor and Jones
Government
 • MayorNorm Archibald
Area
 • Total110.6 sq mi (286 km2)
 • Land105.1 sq mi (272 km2)
 • Water5.5 sq mi (14 km2)
Elevation
1,719 ft (524 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total117,063
 • Density1,100/sq mi (410/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code(s)
79600-79699
Area code(s)325
FIPS code48-01000
GNIS feature ID1329173
Websiteabilenetx.com

HistoryEdit

The city of Abilene was started in 1881. Clabe Merchant named it after a city in Kansas. A lot of people came to live in the city. It soon became very important. Some people called it the 'Future Great City of West Texas.' A US Army base was built there in 1940. The base closed in 1945. After the base closed, it got changed to the Dyess Air Force Base. A lot of people work in the Air Force base today.[2]

SportsEdit

An American football team called the Abilene Ruff Riders is based in the city. They play their home games in the Taylor County Expo Center. Their colors are black, white and red.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "About Abilene". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-07-04.
  2. The Texas State Historical Association

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