(On hill east of Cedar Creek)In December 1880, H.C. Whithers of the Texas & Pacific Railroad met local men here to decide on a site for a cattle shipping center. Bypassing the county seat of Buffalo Gap, the railroad platted a new town named Abilene for the famous cattle town in Kansas. Cattlemen meeting with Whithers were Dallas Banker and Hashknife Ranch co-owner John W. Simpson, and Confederate colonels Claiborne W. (Clabe) and J.D. Merchant, twin brothers and ranchers who moved to Callahan County six years earlier. Brisk bidding ensued at a sale of city lots in March 1881. Abilene grew quickly and became a significant regional city of west Texas.
|Placed By||Texas Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 8:06pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14S E 432274 N 3593203|
|Decimal Degrees||32.47398333, -99.72073333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 28.439', W 99° 43.244'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 28' 26.34" N, 99° 43' 14.64" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 208 Hair St, Abilene TX 79601, US|
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