Abilene & Taylor County's Names


The word "Abilene" means grassy plain. It came originally from the Bible, third chapter of Luke, the name of a Mid-East tetrarchy. When the town was established in 1881 it was named after the famous cattle shipping center Abilene, Kansas.

Taylor County

In 1878, Taylor County was formed from the Bexar (San Antonio) and Travis (Austin) land districts with Buffalo Gap being named the county seat.   The county was named for the Edward, James and George Taylor, brothers who fought and died at the Alamo.

The Song

Songwriter Bob Gibson, came up with the 1956 tune, never even laying eyes on Abilene until several months before the city’s centennial in 1981 when he came here with the Kerrville Folk Singers.

"I sit alone most every night, I watch those trains pull out of sight.

Don't I wish they were carrying me back to Abilene, my Abilene."

Chorus: "Abilene, Abilene, prettiest town I've ever seen. Women there don't treat you mean, in Abilene, my Abilene."

Western Cattle Trail

The Western Cattle Trail (from 1876 to 1877) was the main route for several hundred thousand longhorn cattle being driven north to stock ranches & Indian reservations and to supply the northern beef markets.