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Update: Fire destroys General Store in Old Abilene Town

Old Abilene Town Photo, Abilene, Kansas

Ironically, the day that I posted this travel journal, September 7, 2000, my husband came home from work and told me that a fire had destroyed the General Store in Old Abilene Town. On the 10th I finally got into town to take pictures of the damage.

Surprisingly, there was still a posting that the CanCan dances and Gunfights were still being held despite the fire. My thinking is, though, that Old Abilene Town has already seen its glory days and unless something drastic happens to change things, it will continue to decline. The old Hotel building next door to the General Store is for sale and has been vacant of any kind of an attraction for several years now. There are a few signs of renewed effort to keep the town alive, but it may be too little, too late.

So sad.

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