Just one of the many Beautiful Sites to be seen in Historic Downtown Abilene!

Enjoy the great outdoors, get some exercise, and step into the past with a Historic Downtown Walking tour.

Walk the streets of our more than century-old West Texas town and follow in the footsteps of the builders who made Abilene’s frontier what it is today. Founded in 1881 by the T&P Railway, Abilene has since become the heart of West Texas and is home to 120,000 friendly people.

Oil strikes and lucrative crops led to Abilene’s success in the 1920s — a time when many of the buildings in the Downtown District were being constructed. By taking a Historic Walking Tour, you can enjoy the efforts of Abilene’s downtown revitalization and appreciate those who have taken the time and interest in preserving their community’s heritage.

Pick up a Walking Tour brochure at Frontier Texas!, at 625 N. 1st St., or print one ahead of time from our Web site,  and begin your adventure. You can even add it to a custom travel itinerary.

Begin your journey at Frontier Texas! Thanks to modern technology, it is possible to relive early frontier days. Step back in time to meet the men and women who lived and died on the Texas frontier. Unlike a traditional museum, Frontier Texas! uses first-person narratives rather than collections of artifacts to tell the story of the western Texas frontier, along with lights, cameras, action and big-screen special effects.

Next, walk west down N. 1st St. toward the Texas and Pacific Depot, 1101 N. 1st St. in Everman Park. Built in 1910, this building provided passenger service until 1967. The last passenger train left the depot in March 1967 with only 39 passengers aboard. This building was restored in 1994 to its original 1920s appearance, and currently houses the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Cultural Affairs Council.

Throughout the Historic Downtown Walking Tour, you will also learn interesting facts about staple downtown buildings, such as the Cypress Building, the Wooten, Grissom & Popular Buildings, Abilene Reporter-News, O’Kelley Office Supply, Jordan Taylor Building, T&P Freight Warehouse, Minter Building, Mims Building, Hilton Hotel and much more.
Hear the stories you’ve never heard behind structures, such as the Concrete Overpass, located at 1100 to 1200 Blocks of N. 1st St., the Old Weather Bureau and the Vera Minter Memorial Park.

If you’d prefer a guided historic downtown walking tour with the Abilene Preservation League, attend Downtown Dayz on October 9, 2010. The group usually meets in Abilene’s Minter Park around 11:30 a.m. the day of festivities. For more information on the Historic Downtown Abilene attractions and events, visit www.abilenevisitors.com.