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Step Into the Past.
Join us for a walking tour of a West Texas town that's more than a century old. This tour brings history alive for the whole family in a few short hours. And it's all waiting for you once you take the first step.

Discover Downtown Abilene.
Created by T&P Railway, Abilene rose from the prairie to become a vital center of activity in West Texas. Abilene began when lots were sold at auction in 1881 and has grown to a bustling city of 100,000. Now the home of three universities and a large air force base. Abilene, a leader in the oil industry, serves as the medical, shopping, and cultural hub for this area of the state.

Enjoy the efforts of Abilene's recent downtown revitalization, which has become a model for other communities interested in preserving their heritage. Museums, galleries, boutiques, shops, restaurants and other attractions await you. Many of our buildings have been or are in the process of being carefully restored. This map is designed to make your tour more enjoyable.

Downtown Historical Sites Walking Tour - Sites and interactive map

Significant Dates in Abilene History

The following organizations contributed to this walking tour:

Abilene Convention and Visitors Council
1101 North First Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
(325) 676-2556

Downtown Cultural District Committee of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council
1101 North First Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
(325) 677-1161

Abilene Preservation League
174 Cypress St, Suite 303
Abilene, Texas 79601
(325) 676-3775