"If you enlarge this sign you..." Abilene Off The Beaten Path Tip by brdwtchr

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If you enlarge this sign you can read it to learn about the history of Abilene. The town was founded in 1857. When the railroad came to this town in the 1860's ranchers from Texas came north on the Chisolm trail to bring their cattle to the railroad and be sold. Abeline became a lawless cowboy town and was at one time considered the 'wildest and wickedest' town in the west. Wild Bill Hickock became famous as a gunfighter and marshall trying to maintain law and order here.

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  • Updated Oct 4, 2002
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