Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Texas & Paciﬁc Railway
First Railroad Across West Texas
As a policy during its era of construction, the Texas & Pacific promoted the settlement of West Texas. Encouraged by local ranchers, agents of the railway held on March 15, 1881, the first auction of lots in Abilene townsite. On that day 178 lots were sold for $27,550.00. The wisdom of the purchases has since been well confirmed, for Abilene is now the business, agricultural, transportation, medical, educational and cultural center for Central West Texas.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5242.)
Location. 32° 26.951′ N, 99° 44.027′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of North 1st Street and Pine Street, on the left Touch for map. Marker is in Everman Park next to the T&P Depot that houses the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 N 1st St, Abilene TX 79601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas & Pacific Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hotel Grace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Abilene Reporter-News (about 300 feet away); Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton (about 300 feet away); Pine Street Shootout (about 300 feet away); The Bankhead Highway (about 600 feet away); Taylor County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
Also see . . . Texas and Pacific Railway. From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on July 19, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 422 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on November 20, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. 2. submitted on November 21, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 19, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.