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  • 4-horse walker
  • winter blanketing
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  • evening turnout

Abilene is a city in Taylor County, Texas, United States, at the eastern border of West Texas. The population was 115,930 at the 2000 census. It is the principal city of the Abilene, Texas [[Metropolitan Statistical Area]It is the county seat of Taylor County GR6. Dyess Air Force Base is located to the west of the city.

Abilene is located off Interstate 20, between exits 279 on its western edge and 292 on the east. Abilene is 150 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas The city is looped by I-20 to the north, US 277/83 on the west and FM 322 to the east. A railroad divides the city down the center, from north and south. The downtown area is on the north side of the railroad.

The newest parts of the city seem to be growing to the southwest and south following US 83/84. There are two lakes in the city, one on the western edge of Abilene Regional Airport and the other on the southeast corner of US-83/84 & FM 322 interchange.

Downtown Abilene, TexasContents [hide]
1 History
2 Geography
3 Demographics
4 Culture
5 Interesting Facts
6 Events
7 Famous People from Abilene
8 Newspapers & Media
9 Colleges & Universities
10 External links

Established by cattlemen as a stock shipping point on the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881, the city was named for Abilene, Kansas; the original endpoint for the Chisholm Trail. The city later became a major cattle-producing area with diversified farming. In recent years, petroleum has added great impetus to the city's economy. By 1900, 3,411 people lived in Abilene. When the city celebrated its centennial in 1981, the city set up a demonstration oil-drilling rig on the county fairgrounds just to illustrate the techniques of "making hole". By pure accident, it struck oil, not much - but enough for modest profitable production.

Abilene is the commercial, retail, medical, and transportation hub of a 19-county area known both as "The Big Country" and the "Texas Midwest". By the end of 2005, commercial and residential development had reached record levels in and around the city, enhancing a true urban environment and providing most of the amenities of much larger metropolitan areas.



Abilene is located at 32°26′47″N, 99°44′44″W (32.446425, -99.745482)GR1, 160 miles (257 km) west by south of Fort Worth.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 286.5 km² (110.6 mi²). 272.3 km² (105.1 mi²) of it is land and 14.2 km² (5.5 mi²) of it (4.95%) is water.

Abilene, Texas (Hwy 80)
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 115,930 people, 41,570 households, and 28,101 families residing in the city. The population density was 425.8/km² (1,102.7/mi²). There were 45,618 housing units at an average density of 167.5/km² (433.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.07% White, 8.81% African American, 0.55% Native American, 1.33% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 8.73% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.45% of the population.

There were 41,570 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% are classified as non-families by the United States Census Bureau. Of 41,570 households, 1,709 are unmarried partner households: 1,577 heterosexual, 62 same-sex male, and 70 same-sex female households. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 15.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,007, and the median income for a family was $40,028. Males had a median income of $28,078 versus $20,918 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,577. About 10.9% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

The cultural aspects of Abilene center around an interesting mix of the three religiously affiliated private universities: Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, the Abilene Campus of Cisco Junior College, a West Texas campus of Texas State Technical College, American Commercial College , the agriculture community of the surrounding area, and the numerous affluent evangelical churches present.

Abilene is also home to the restored Paramount Theater, The Abilene Philharmonic Association, the Grace Cultural Museum, the Center for Contemporary Arts, The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, The Abilene Zoo, Frontier Texas, the 87th Armored Division Museum, Taylor County Coliseum, five libraries, twenty-six public parks, six television stations and an ever variable number of radio stations, including one National Public Radio Station (89.7 KACU).

The city's main newspaper is the Abilene Reporter-News.

The Enterprise
Interesting Facts
Abilene has one of the only competing and performing jump rope teams in the area, known as the "Jammin' Jumpers". They formed in 1996 and have been to the National Jump Rope Championships in Walt Disney World 3 times: in 2001, 2003, and 2005.

It has 2 school districts, Abilene and Wylie.

Abilene Independent School District (AISD):
two early childhood centers
13 open elementary schools (all K-5):
Austin Elementary
Anson Elementary (CLOSED)
Bonham Elementary
Bowie Elementary
Crocket Elementary(CLOSED)
Dyess Elementary
Fannin Elementary
Jackson Elementary (CLOSED)
Jane Long Elementary
Johnston Elementary
Lee Elementary
Ortiz Elementary
Reagan Elementary
Taylor Elementary
Thomas Elementary
Ward Elementary
04 open middle schools(all 6-8)
Clack Middle School Mascot-Cardinal
Craig Davis Middle School (NEW) Mascot-Rumoured to be a Crab
Franklin Middle School (CLOSED) Mascot-Mustang
Horrace Mann Middle School Mascot-Falcon
Jefferson Middle School (CLOSED) Mascot-Wolf
Lincoln Middle School (CLOSED) Mascot-Longhorn
Madison Middle School Mascot-Bull
02 high schools(both 9-12):
Abilene High School Mascot-Eagle
Cooper High School Mascot-Cougar
03 voluntary alternative schools for at-risk children:
Eagle Charter (6-12)
Excel Education Center (6-12)
Project Pass (6-12)
Wylie Independnt School District (WISD):
Wylie Elementary School(K-1)
Butterfield (2)
Wylie Intermediate School(3-4)
Wylie Middle school(5-6) Mascot-Bulldog
Wylie Junior High(7-8) Mascot-Bulldog
Wylie High School(9-12) Mascot-Bulldog

The West Texas Fair, ten days in mid-Sept., features exhibits and amusements reflecting early days of Abilene, plus modern attractions of West Texas.

The Western heritage classic in early May features ranch rodeo, campfire cook-off, sheep dog trails, farrier competition, Cowboy Poets Society, Western art show and many other activities.

The first weekend in April features Celebrate Abilene, an outdoor festival held in the historic downtown area bringing the arts, history, railroad and family entertainment.

On every second Thursday evening of the month, Artwalk is held in downtown Abilene. During Artwalk all the local museums are free, the Paramount theater shows a "Art Film", local musicians and performers busk, and several crafters and artists set up booths and sell their wares.

There are also several special interest conventions, festivals, and shows scattered throughout the year including: The Abilene Gem and Mineral Show, the West Texas Book and Author Festival, The Abilene Gun and Knife Show, The Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale, and The Erinshire Folk Festival.

The Erinshire Folk Festival is an annual event started in 2003 and is held at Erinshire Gardens. The purpose of the festival is to spotlight Abilene area musicians and original music.

Also of note is the annual Abilene High vs. Abilene Cooper High football game, usually held near Halloween. The two high schools often play each other to a close and exciting game, usually decided by two touchdowns or less. Two of these, the 2001 and 2002 games, were for the district championship and were known as the "Showdown at Shotwell" games, owing to the fact that the game is played at Shotwell Stadium.

Abilene, Texas
Famous People from Abilene
Terry Berry, "Short shorts"
JamisonPriest, folk/Americana trio, singers and songwriters
Clint Norris, bassist and back-up vocalist for the Christian metal band As I Lay Dying.
Bob Estes, PGA golfer
Carol Hall, composer/lyricist
Cris Judd, married Jennifer Lopez
John Lackey, MLB pitcher
Caryl Mack Parker, country singer
Gary Perkins, radio broadcaster
Dominic Rhodes, running back for the Indianapolis Colts
Justin Snow, long snapper for the Indianapolis Colts
Jessica Simpson, pop singer, actress
Diane Stanley, children's book author
Hollis Thomas, NFL defensive tackle
Terry Orr, former running back of the Washington Redskins
Randall "Tex" Cobb, Prize fighter, and actor, (Raising Arizona)
Lee Roy Parnell, Country Musician
Shae D'Lyn, Actress, (Dharma & Greg)
Ty O'Neal, Rodeo cowboy, actor (The Mighty Ducks sequels)
Coby Archa, Survivor cast member
Duane Whitaker, Actor, (The Devil's Rejects)
Deirdre Lovejoy, Actress, (The Talented Mr. Ripley)
Roy Crane, Nationally syndicated cartoonist, (Wash Tubbs, Captain Easy, Buz Sawyer)
J-Rod Hardegree, Lead guitarist for the band Plainview
Stedman Graham, Hardin-Simmons University ex-basketball player and motivational speaker (longtime boyfriend of Oprah Winfrey)
Nelson Coats, Abilene Christian University, Film production designer ("Kiss the Girls" and "Runaway Jury")
Randy Brewer, Abilene Christian University, Multiple-Dove Award nominee for Short Form Video of the Year. Won Dove Award for producing video for Nicole C. Mullen's "Call on Jesus."
J.B Cook, Writer-Co-producer of Fox sitcom "King of the Hill"; Contributing producer/writer, "My Name is Earl."
H.C Zachry, Famous Artist,illustrator. Known mostly for his western art.
Bonnie Curtis, Abilene Christian University, Assistant to film director Steven Speilberg-turned film producer (Minority Report," AI: Artificial Intelligence," "Saving Private Ryan."
Carol Hall, songwriter, Wrote music for broadway hit, "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
Paige Moss, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Beverly Hills 90210."
Fess Parker, Hardin-Simmons University. Played football at HSU before transferring to University of Texas. Starred in TV series Daniel Boone (1964-1970).
Jess Cagle, Writer for "Entertainment Weekly", "Time"
Max Lucado, Abilene Christian University. Christian author/ preacher/broadcaster.
Maj. Gen. William O. Senter, Abilene. Attended West Point
Brown Bannister, Abilene Christian University graduate, music producer in Nashville. Winner of numerous Dove Awards given by the Gospel Music Association for his work on contemporary Christian recordings by Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman and other artists.
Chris Christian, Contemporary Christian singer, had a No. 37 pop single in 1981 with I Want You, I Need You.
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Hits include All the Gold in California, Houston.
Ray Berry, Cooper High School. Played for Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks 1987-93. Played at Baylor University. Linebacker.
Charles Coody, Stamford and Abilene, professional golfer since 1963. Won the Masters in 1971. Owns Diamondback Golf Course in Abilene. Twelve victories on the Professional Golfers Association tour.
Nathan Monroe, Famous for having several entries in the world's most respected quote anthologies, listed simply as "Monroe."
Mason Williams, guitarist and composer
Robert E. Page, conductor
Ann Wedgewood, actress
JM Lapham, musician, The Earlies, The Late Cord

Newspapers & Media
[ 95*Q...A-Town's #1 Hit Music Station (KORQ-FM 95.1) (Top 40 / CHR)
[ 96.1 BOB-FM...BOB PLAYS ANYTHING!!! (KNCE-FM) (Variety Hits)
The Abilene Reporter News
100.7 The Eagle (Classic Rock)
Power 103.7 FM (KCDD-FM) (Top 40/CHR)
99.7 KBCY (KBCY-FM)( Texas' Best Country)
102 The Bear (KHXS-FM) (Classic Rock)
98.1 FM, The Light (KTLT-FM) (Today's Christian Music)

Colleges & Universities
Abilene Christian University
Hardin-Simmons University
McMurry University
Cisco Junior College
Texas Tech College of Engineering
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (formerly the Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing)
Texas State Technical College
American Commercial College