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A A People, a Place A People, A Place (Vol. 1: The Future Great City) The Future Great City 1881-1940


A A People, a Place A People, A Place (Vol. 1: The Future Great City) The Future Great City 1881-1940 by Robert W. Sledge

Early biographers of Abilene, the present author included, laid heavy emphasis on the people, the human element in the establishment and continuing life of the city. But the geographical characteristics of the place is also important in its creation, its history, and its future. The intertwining of these two themes dictated much of the story of the town called Abilene, Texas. The Texas Pacific Railroad gave birth to Abilene in 1881. Among several dozen sister communities established along the T&P, the company designated the one at Milepost 407 to be the future great city of West Texas. The original settlers of the town, alone among all the other railroad towns, received the right to pick their own name, and they chose Abilene after the raucous trailhead town in Kansas. Abilene, Texas, like its namesake, was a frontier town, less than a decade removed from Indian raids, buffalo hunts, and the open range. But on the day of the first sale of town lots, the population already stood at over 3,000- instant community.

About the Author

ROBERT W. SLEDGE is Distinguished Professor Emertius of History, McMurry University, and Historian-in-Residence for the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation. He has written several pieces on the history of Abilene, a place he has called home for the past forty-seven years.

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Publication date

15th August 2010


Robert W. Sledge

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State House Press




History of the Americas
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900



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