Historic Dates

One of the last Indian fights occurs. With the area more secure, large numbers of settlers begin to arrive.

January 13
The Texas and Pacific railroad tracks reach Abilene.

The U.S. Post Office opens and the first 'official' train arrives.

March 15th
A town lot auction is held and Abilene is ""born."" By the end of the next day, 317 lots are sold for the sum of $51,360.

January 2nd
The city incorporates. It boasts two newspapers, numerous churches and a public school. Abilene now has enough people to petition for an election to move the county seat from Buffalo Gap

October 23rd
Abilene wins the county seat election by a landslide. This stabilizes the area and brings new enterprises to town. Today Abilene is the center of a 22 county trade area.