Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas. Abilene began as a stage coach stop in 1857 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. Abilene became the very first "cow town" of the west.
You'll find plenty to do in Abilene, with a 10-mile excursion train ride through the Smoky River Hill Valley featuring a 100 year old wooden coach dining car, five world-class museums located within a four square block area and a professional theatre. For thoses interested in The Arts, you can enjoy the cultural art throughout the community. Murals, sculptures, WPA limestone structures, artisan shops, even the world’s largest spur, crafted from iron.
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