- Abilene, Kansas
official_name = Abilene, Kansas
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Abilene, Kansas
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Dickinson
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 10.7
area_land_km2 = 10.7
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 4.1
area_land_sq_mi = 4.1
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 6543
population_density_km2 = 611.9
population_density_sq_mi = 1584.7
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 352
elevation_ft = 1155
latd = 38 |latm = 55 |lats = 11 |latNS = N
longd = 97 |longm = 13 |longs = 2 |longEW = W
postal_code = 67410
area_code = 785
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 20-00125GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0476675GR|3
website = http://www.abilenecityhall.com
Abilene is a city in Dickinson County,
Kansas, United States, 163 miles (262 km) west of Kansas City. In 1900, 3,507 people lived here. The population was 6,543 at the 2000 census. It is the county seatof Dickinson CountyGR|6.
Abilene began as a stage coach stop in 1857, established by Timothy Hersey and Eliza Hersey and named from a passage in the Bible, meaning "city of the plains." The town grew quickly when Joseph G. McCoy decided to use the town for the location of his stockyards.
With the railroad pushing west and the cattle traders soon used Abilene as the largest stockyards west of Kansas City. The
Chisholm Trailended in Abilene and brought in many travelers and made Abilene one of the wildest towns in the west.
marshalTom "Bear River" Smith was initially successful policing Abilene, often using only his bare hands. He survived two assassinationattempts during his tenure. However, he was murdered and decapitatedon November 2, 1870. Smith wounded one of his two attackers during the shootout preceding his death, and both suspects received life in prisonfor the offense. He was replaced by Wild Bill Hickokin April of 1871. Hickock's time as marshal was short lived. While standing off a crowd during a street brawl, gambler Phil Coetook two shots at Hickock, who returned fire killing Coe, but then accidentally shot his friend and deputy, [http://www.odmp.org/officer.php?oid=16507 Mike Williams] , who was coming to his aid. He lost his job two months later in December.
Conrad Leboldbuilt what the newspapers called the finest house west of Topeka. Lebold was one of the early town developers and Bankers from 1869 through 1889. The Hersey dugout can still be seen in the cellar of the Lebold Mansion.
In 1890, Dr. A.B. Seelye founded the A.B. Seelye Medical Company. Seelye developed over 100 products for the company including "Wasa-Tusa," an Indian name meaning "to heal".
Abilene became home to
Dwight D. Eisenhowerwhen his family moved to Abilene from Denison, Texasin 1892 where he attended elementary school through high school. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library is located in Abilene. It is now the burial site of President Eisenhower, his wife, Mamie, and one son.
Abilene is located along I-70, Kansas' main east west highway, at coor dms|38|55|11|N|97|13|2|W|city (38.919721, -97.217329)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.7 km²), all of it land.
Abilene's sister city is Minori,
Eisenhower Presidential Centerand the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum [http://www.eisenhower.utexas.edu/]
Lebold MansionNational Register Property listed in 1973. Built in 1880 in the Italianate Tuscan villa style. Today this decorative arts museum is home to one of the finest collections of American Victorian antiques and artifacts. [http://www.lebold-mansion.com/]
* Greyhound Hall of Fame
* Hall of Generals - A wax museum of figures of generals from
World War II
* Old Abilene Town and Museum - A replica of a part of old Abilene. [http://www.oldabilenetownks.com/]
* Seelye Mansion and Museum - A Georgian style mansion built in 1905 at a cost of $55,000. The 25 room mansion contains the original furniture and Edison light fixtures. The Patent Medicine Museum contains many artifacts of the A.B. Seelye Medical Company. [http://www.seelyemansion.com/]
* Heritage Center of Dickinson County - Two museums including the Historical Museum and the Museum of Independent Telephony. The Museum of Independent Telephony tells the story of C.L. Brown, whose independent
Brown Telephone Companygrew to become the telecommunications company known today as Sprint Nextel Corporation[http://www.heritagecenterdk.com/museum_of_independent_telephony.html] . [http://www.heritagecenterdk.com/]
* Great Plains Theatre - Originally First Presbyterian Church, built in 1881, Landmarked, and is now a live professional theatre. www.greatplainstheatre.com
Over the course of a year, temperatures range from an average low below convert|20|°F|°C|abbr=on in January to an average high of nearly convert|95|°F|°C|abbr=on in July. The maximum temperature reaches convert|90|°F|°C|abbr=on an average of 67 days per year and reaches convert|100|°F|°C|abbr=on an average of 14 days per year. The minimum temperature falls below the freezing point (32°F) an average of 117 days per year. Typically the first fall freeze occurs between the last week of September and the first week of November, and the last spring freeze occurs during April or the first week of May.
The area receives nearly convert|33|in|mm of precipitation during an average year with the largest share being received in May and June—which when combined average 20 days of measurable precipitation. During a typical year the total amount of precipitation may be anywhere from 22 to convert|44|in|mm. There are on average 79 days of measurable precipitation per year. Winter snowfall averages about 14 inches, but the median is less than convert|10|in|mm. Measurable snowfall occurs an average of 7 days per year with at least an inch of snow being received on five of those days. Snow depth of at least an inch occurs an average of 11 days per year.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 6,543 people, 2,836 households, and 1,772 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,584.7 people per square mile (611.7/km²). There were 3,104 housing units at an average density of 751.8/sq mi (290.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.52% White, 1.01% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.96% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.
There were 2,836 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,778, and the median income for a family was $46,052. Males had a median income of $31,971 versus $17,361 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $17,356. About 4.8% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.
Greyhound Hall of Fame
The Greyhound Hall of Fame is located straight across from the Eisenhower Presidential Library. It contains exhibits on the breed of
greyhounds, the history of greyhounds, the racing of greyhounds, and the chance to meet some retired greyhounds.. Abilene has been called the greyhound capital of the world.
Old Abilene Town
Old Abilene town is a historical part of the city. It contains original buildings from the 1800s that have been restored. It showcases live performances from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. There are currently plans to renovate and expand this tourist destination.
The Seelye Mansion
The Seelye Mansion is one of the largest homes in Abilene. It has been converted into a museum for Dr. Seelye.
Noted Residents (past and present)
C. Olin Ball, food safety pioneer
Joseph R. Burton, United States Senator
David Jacob Eisenhower, engineer and father of Dwight D. and Milton S. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States
Milton S. Eisenhower, Brother of Dwight D. Eisenhower, noted academic and university president
* James Butler Hickok (better known as "Wild Bill" Hickok), Marshall and legendary figure in the American
John Wesley Hardin, American Wild Westoutlaw
Deane Waldo Malott, American academic and administrator and 6th president of Cornell University
Joseph McCoy, 19th century cattle baron and origin of the phrase "The Real McCoy"
Luke Short, American Wild Westgunslinger
Ben Thompson, American Wild Westsaloon keeper and noted figure
* [http://www.ku.edu/pri/ksdata/city.shtml Kansas Statistical Abstract]
* [http://www.comevisitabileneks.com/ Abilene Kansas Business Directory]
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