Introduction to Abilene, Kansas
Abilene was founded in 1857 by Timothy Hersey and Eliza Hersey. At that time it served as a stage coach stop. The city derived its name from a passage in the Bible, which means "city of the plains." It is the county seat of Dickinson County, which was created on February 20, 1857. The stockyards of Joseph G. McCoy helped in the development of the city. Abilene was the first "cow town" of the west.
Abilene and nearby Attractions
- Fashion Museum
- American Indian Art Center
- Old Abilene Town and Western Museum
- Milford State Park
- Lebold Mansion
Things To Do In Abilene
Visitors can plan a trip to the Fashion Museum, Old Abilene Town and Western Museum, and Heritage Center of Dickinson County while in Abilene. You can also enjoy a tour to the Old Abilene Town. Book lovers can enjoy their leisure at the Carnegie Library. The Abilene City Park Historic District is also worth visiting. Abilene also hosts several events and festivals like the Central Kansas Free Fair, Western Heritage Festival, and Chisholm Trail Festival every year.
Air transportation can be availed from Manhattan Regional Airport.
Abilene Higher Education
Kansas State University, Emporia State University, Hutchinson Community College, and several other colleges and universities provide opportunities for higher studies.