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A People, a Place The Future Great City 1881-1940 The Story of Abilene by Robert W. Sledge
  

A People, a Place The Future Great City 1881-1940 The Story of Abilene

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A People, a Place The Future Great City 1881-1940 The Story of Abilene by Robert W. Sledge

Earlier 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 character 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! In its first century, the city grew by fits and starts, alternating decades of rapid growth with decades of relative stability. Its economy was based originally on trade in sheep, cattle, and buffalo bones. Over the years, farming became important, the commerce, finance, education, the military, medicine, and light industry. A People, A Place is a tale of industrious, ambitious people trying to prosper in a place with challenging climate and terrain.

About the Author

ROBERT W. SLEDGE is Distinguished Professor Emeritus 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-five years.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th July 2009

Author

Robert W. Sledge

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Publisher

State House Press

Format

Paperback
316 pages

Categories

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

ISBN

9781933337319

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