Abilene, Texas

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Abilene at sun down
Abilene at sun down
Map of Abilene
Map of Abilene
Coordinates: 32°27′N 99°45′W / 32.450°N 99.750°W / 32.450; -99.750Coordinates: 32°27′N 99°45′W / 32.450°N 99.750°W / 32.450; -99.750
Country United States
State Texas
County Taylor and Jones
 • Mayor Norm Archibald
 • Total 110.6 sq mi (286 km2)
 • Land 105.1 sq mi (272 km2)
 • Water 5.5 sq mi (14 km2)
Elevation 1,719 ft (524 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 117,063
 • Density 1,100/sq mi (410/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code(s) 79600-79699
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-01000
GNIS feature ID 1329173
Website abilenetx.com

Abilene is a city in the US state of Texas. It is the County seat of Taylor County. About 120,000 people live there.[1]

History[change | change source]

The city of Abilene was started in 1881. Clabe Merchant named it after a city in Kansas. A lot of people came to live in the city. It soon became very important. Some people called it the 'Future Great City of West Texas.' A US Army base was built there in 1940. The base closed in 1945. After the base closed, it got changed to the Dyess Air Force Base. A lot of people work in the Air Force base today.[2]

Sports[change | change source]

An American football team called the Abilene Ruff Riders is based in the city. They play their home games in the Taylor County Expo Center. Their colors are black, white and red.

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