Established in 1881, the word "Abilene" means grassy
plain. It came originally from the Bible, third
chapter of Luke, the name of a Mid-East tetrarch.
Abilene preserves the traditional heritage of the
Old West, while providing all the advantages of a
thriving, contemporary city.
Truly the definition of the West Texas region,
Abilene offers up frontier hospitality along with a
rich mix of western and contemporary cultures.
Historic downtown Abilene is rich in arts and
history - The Grace Museum, showcased in the old
Grace Hotel is actually 3 museums in one! And the
beautiful Paramount Theatre, with its unusual
grandeur, is unique in this part of Texas.
Abilene, Texas is home for numerous recreation
facilities. Educational experiences as well as fun
and enjoyment can be found at the Abilene Zoo
observing all of the animals. The Buffal Gap
Historic village interprets the history of the area
and displays a collection of Indian artifacts and
frontier firearms. Motor sports fans can immerse
themselves in the total speedway experience with
dirt track racing at its best at the Abilene
Speedway. You can visit the ghostly ruins of Ft.
Phantom Hill, a1851 Army post with three buildings
The Grace Museum is home to the children's Museum,
Art Museum and local History Museum. The Taylor
County Expo Center hosts the Western Heritage
Classic Ranch Rodeo and West Texas Fair and Rodeo
each year. The Mall of Abilene serves as the perfect
relaxation for a day of fun filled shopping .
There's tons to do and see in Abilene, both indoors
and outdoors. From bird watching to billiards,
mountain biking to movies, historic tours to
historic nights on the town.