History on city of Abilene Texas, which was established by cattlemen as a stock shipping point on the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881
Abilene city was the original endpoint for the Chisholm Trail. Abilene in Taylor County is known for its Western industries as cattle, oil and the railroads. In 1966, the Abilene Zoo was created near Abilene Regional Airport. The following year, one of the most important bond elections in the city's history passed for the funding of the construction of the Abilene Civic Center and the Taylor County Coliseum, as well as major improvements to Abilene Regional Airport..