Abilene, Texas

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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
CountryUnited States
CountyTaylor and Jones
 • MayorNorm Archibald
 • Total110.6 sq mi (286 km2)
 • Land105.1 sq mi (272 km2)
 • Water5.5 sq mi (14 km2)
1,719 ft (524 m)
 • Total117,063
 • Density1,100/sq mi (410/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)325
FIPS code48-01000
GNIS feature ID1329173

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "About Abilene". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-07-04.
  2. The Texas State Historical Association

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