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Abilene in Dickinson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Buckeye Street Neighborhood

Buckeye Street Neighborhood Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 1, 2011
1. Buckeye Street Neighborhood Marker
From its earliest platting to the most recent times, building on North Buckeye Street has been a reflective barometer of the attitudes and economy of Abilene. Though the original town and business district were due south of the Union Pacific tracks, frequent flooding and fires accelerated the building "boom" on the higher ground to the north. These building trends are in evidence throughout the northern half of Abilene, yet only on Buckeye Street is the entire eighty year period so obvious.

By the mid-1880's all the land along the street had been deeded and in most cases, lot lines had been drawn and a few homes built. The Kuney and Hodges Addition, extending from the Union Pacific tracks to Fourteenth Street and from Buckeye Street east nearly to Campbell, was systematically divided into regular lots and spacious streets. This addition bordered the east side of Buckeye and formed the pattern visible today. The west side of the street was owned by as many as eleven different individuals or firms, each dividing his property to different dimensions with little regard for roadways.

Home building increased during the early
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years of the twentieth century inspired by the rising popularity of the automobile, the building of the Golden Belt Road, and increasing local prosperity. Among these homes was the magnificent Seelye Mansion, completed in 1905 and situated on an entire block between Eleventh and Twelfth. By the 1920's the park planned for the 1300 block on the west side was abandoned and the land sold for building lots. It was not until the post World War II years, however, that the final homes were built on the west side to complete the neighborhood.
Erected 1976 by Abilene Bicentennial Project. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
Location. 38° 55.748′ N, 97° 12.847′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Kansas, in Dickinson County. Marker is at the intersection of Buckeye Street and Highland Drive, on the left when traveling north on Buckeye Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene KS 67410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seelye Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cleyson L. Brown Neighborhood (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Abilene High School (approx. half a mile away); St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Buckeye Street Neighborhood Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 1, 2011
2. Buckeye Street Neighborhood Marker
Along North Buckeye Street
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Dwight David Eisenhower (approx. 0.8 miles away); 301-309 North Buckeye Avenue (approx. 0.8 miles away); United Building (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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