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Sunday, May 19, 2002

“Abilene, Abilene, prettiest town I’ve ever seen.” Click to play the song

Folk musician Bob Gibson had never visited our fair city when he penned the song Abilene in 1956, but he was right on target in our opinion.

Some of the things Texas Monthly missed seeing by not coming to Abilene are:

  • Classic movies in the classy Paramount Theatre.

  • More than 150 species of animals at the Abilene Zoo.

  • A slice of college life at Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry universities.

  • Intriguing exhibits at The Grace Museum and the Center for Contemporary Arts.

  • Concerts by the Abilene Philharmonic.

  • Imaginative art at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

  • The Dyess Visitors Center and Memorial Park, and the Linear Airpark.

  • Occasional ballet, opera and Broadway musicals at the Abilene Civic Center and other venues.

  • Another rejuvenated downtown building at the Elks Arts Center.

  • Downtown and Everman Park, especially during monthly Artwalks.

  • Rose, Redbud, Nelson, Cal Young, Sears and 21 other city parks.

  • Military history at the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.

  • Grand old houses along Sayles Boulevard and in the Parramore neighborhood.

  • Horse shows, the Western Heritage Classic and the West Texas Fair & Rodeo at the Taylor County Expo Center.

  • The memorial to servicemen at the Taylor County Courthouse.

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    Reporter-News Online: Local News - 10 Great Drives Texas Monthly Missed

    Stories, special section celebrate Big Country Texas Monthly didn’t see fit to include Abilene and most of the Big Country in this month’s cover story, 10 Great Drives. So, today we celebrate ourselves. And we’ll laugh about all those city-slicker magazine readers who won’t know about the great steaks, sophisticated museums, drug store cherry sodas and friendly people of our area.

    “Abilene, Abilene, prettiest town I’ve ever seen."

    The Drives:

    Wide Open Spaces beckon to visitors

    History, modern technology meet west of Abilene

    Food, furry critters make drive a joyous occasion

    Conrad Hilton began empire of hotels just down the road

    Conan the Barbarian creator’s memory lives on in Cross Plains home

    Trip down Highway 6 offers antiques, tasty treats

    A visual feast waits for motorists taking southbound route

    Newspapers offer local color on excursions to small Texas towns

    Caprock Escarpment gives clear view into West Texas history

    Trek from pool to lake teems with welcoming lures for the traveler

    "50 Great Things About Abilene" special section.

    To see the "50 Great Things About Abilene" section in Adobe Acrobat, click on page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

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