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Stories and Tips Abilene

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Sunrise at Herington Reservoir

Written by Casual Tourist on 06 Sep, 2000

One of the most memorable times I spent at Herington was on the morning that my husband and I struggled out of bed at 5:00 in the morning so that we could witness the sun rising over the lake. Actually, we got up at…Read More


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Eisenhower Chapel

Written by Casual Tourist on 10 Oct, 2000

Another building on the grounds is a place of meditation. It is a lovely building sitting by itself near one of the parking lots. The most lovely thing here is the outside fountain at night. It is lighted with colored lights and…Read More


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Eisenhower Family Grave Site

Written by Casual Tourist on 10 Oct, 2000

The family of Dwight Eisenhower has their family cemetery plot in Abilene, though the former president was not laid to rest here. The cemetery is located across town (on 14th about 4 blocks west of Buckeye) from the Eisenhower Center but is an interesting…Read More


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The Cattle Drives

Written by Casual Tourist on 01 Oct, 2000

Abilene in the 2nd half of the 19th century was the end of the trail for the huge cattle drives that came up from Texas. From Abilene, the cattle were loaded onto train cars for the slaughter houses back east. Dusty cowpokes rode into town…Read More


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Update: Fire destroys General Store in Old Abilene Town

Written by Casual Tourist on 17 Sep, 2000

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…Read More


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Old Abilene Town

Written by Casual Tourist on 07 Sep, 2000

Abilene, Kansas was once known as the "wildest and wickedest town in the west." It was the site of the largest stockyard west of Kansas City. During the five year span from 1867 to 1872 more than 3 million Texas longhorn cattle passed…Read More


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Ride the Abilene & Smoky Valley Excursion Train

Written by Casual Tourist on 07 Sep, 2000

Trains were a large part of the settlement of the Old West. To experience the speed and comfort (not really much comfort compared to today's luxuries) that the Old West traveler experience, take a ride on the Abilene & Smoky Valley Excursion Train.…Read More


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The Heron Won't Be Happy About This!!

Written by Casual Tourist on 14 Nov, 2000

In the spring heron at Herington nest at the south end of the lake in a stand of dead trees. Their nests are huge as they must be to accommodate these large birds. But come fall the heron have left the nesting ground for…Read More


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Pelican in Kansas?

Written by Casual Tourist on 28 Oct, 2000

Who would have guessed? I always thought of pelican as coastal birds. The first time I saw pelican at Herington, I was convinced that I had to be mistaken. After all, these large white birds were quite a distance out into the…Read More


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Waterfowl at Herington

Written by Casual Tourist on 06 Sep, 2000

Frequently geese fly overhead at Herington. Their honking can be heard well before they come into view. With the honking of the geese, quacking of the ducks and various chirpings of numerous other birds, such as redwing blackbirds, the lake on many occasions sounds like…Read More


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