Meaning of ABILENE in English



Town (pop., 2000: 6,543), Kansas, U.S. It lies on the Smoky Hill River east of Salina.

Settled in 1858, it gained importance when it became the railway terminus for overland Texas cattle drives. With the prosperity of the cattlemen came an era of lawlessness; Wild Bill Hickok was its marshal in 1871. Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower spent his boyhood there and is buried at the Eisenhower Center, which includes his family home and library.

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