Abilene Travel Guide

  • Layout map of the town and sites to tour
    Layout map of the town and sites to tour
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    Brochure of a couple of tour homes
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  • View of the flowers alongside the roads
    View of the flowers alongside the roads
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Abilene Things to Do

  • The Kirby House

    Banker Thomas Kirby constructed this beautiful Victorian home in 1885. Later used as a boarding house, it was restored to its original elegant condition slightly more than a hundred years later. By all rights, I should have listed the Kirby House as a fine dining establishment, because it is, but Nancy and I did not eat there. We did, however, stop...

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  • Local County Museum and Telephone Museum

    These combined attractions are in the same building. The telephone museum part shows what switchboards and times were like in that industry era back into the early 1900's. That takes up about 1/2 of the display area. The rest is of a carousel of C.W. Parker, and other artifacts of the period in around early 1900's. It is open 9-3 Monday- Friday and...

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  • Seelye Mansion

    The home was constructed after A.B. Seelye saw delightful new features in homes at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. He incorporated much into his new 25 room mansion; including light fixtures, bowling alley, and a ballroom, or course. The cost back then was $55,000-a lot. There is also a museum displaying the many artifacts of the drug company he...

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  • Architecutral Buildings Around Town

    There are some old and well preserved structures that stand out in the town. Drive around and look for them, and identify that little has changed over the years, except they were built solid back then and had style and quality. That mostly lacks anymore.

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  • Gift Shop/Restaurant

    This location is next to the Abilene & Smokey VAlley RR. It used to be a thriving gift shop and restaurant as well as they tried to attract tourists with some old style buildings from the 1800's. Little is left, and it appears that the tour of the old buildings may not exists any longer. The gift shop is now consignment due to lack of purchases by...

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  • Lebold Mansion

    The mansion was a very nice tour when we went inside in 2002. Now it may not open again because of a recent purchase by someone this summer, who may convert it into a residence to live in; or maybe reopen for tours. NO one knows for sure yet. The old tour was about one hour and cost $5-but a local told me it is now up to $10. Lebold was the person...

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  • Greyhounds are Reigning in Here

    This is a museum that features the greyhound dogs and the adventures of racing throughout the years. The museum describes the evolution of these dogs and how they were bred into becoming a swift and very fast dog. It was a revered dog by Egyptians, and later the breeding was for racing and gambling. The museum is open 7 days a week and admission is...

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  • Eisenhower Museum and Home

    On the Presidential complex is the museum and home that can be toured. The home tour is free, and the museum is $8 for adults under 62, and $6 for seniors. Wednesdays all get in for $5. The museum can take as long as you like to take in the history of Ike and his war efforts, and then on to being a President. There are some nice displays in the...

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  • Stover Candy is High on Pleasure

    The Stover family from Kansas City have made an empire out of candy making. They started in 1923 in Denver. Louis Ward took control in 1969, and it has expanded. There are now 45 company owned stores and 70,000 retail operations that carry the candies. It is the largest in the US for fine candy manufacturing. They make 25 million chocolates a year;...

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  • Railroad trip to the country

    This 30 mile trip is a real nice side diversion. The trip takes you about 15 miles each way on an old RR line. It goes through the farm lands along the way. WE visited shortly after a huge flood of the area, and the ground was devastated, let alone the loss of crops. That was in 2002, and they still offer the same route and times. The cars are open...

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  • Eisenhower was an Icon

    He came from this town and loved the tradition of good old family lifestyle from the Midwest. The Presidential Library and museum are very nice to tour. The sites and laid out well, and the variety good of items and chronological events of Ike's life. The tour of the campus for the overall viewpoints of Eisenhower(aka Eisenhauer) is is an area that...

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  • Newer Old Downtown

    After the Texas Street shanty town was razed, a newer brick clad downtown developed beginning in the 1880's. Centered on the north side of the railroad tracks, today this part of town has a number of antique shops, restaurants, and other small businesses. This is Abilene's "downtown", but today most of the commercial business is along Buckeye...

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Abilene Hotels

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  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites...

    110 E. Lafayette Ave., Abilene, Kansas, 67410, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Super 8 Abilene

    2207 N. Buckeye Avenue, Abilene, Kansas, 67410, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Diamond Motel Abilene

    This once was a famous place for tourists to come and stay. It was well maintained, as in clean and...

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Abilene Restaurants

  • Drive-In Without change

    The food is fabulous and a lot more tasty than some style type fast food place, or even the high end restaurants. They still serve from the car and have carhops come around to serve your needs. They also own K's Farmhouse out to the west of town that was purchased in 1995, and believe must own Mr K's Express to boot. The hamburger and fries could...

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  • Abilene Style Fast Food

    It was a great experience and well worth the alternative of a McDonald's or Burger King Type. This is where the locals come to enjoy a family meal at good price. Burgers are hand made and tasty, and the fries-you get a lot of them and they are good. The best part is the ice cream and malts. Cheap and quality. A pint of ice cream to go is $2.00....

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  • Fried Chicken, part 2

    Here comes our server with the fried chicken! She was quite friendly and efficient, but certainly wasn't eager to have her picture taken. That's a nice smile anyway. And how about that plate of chicken?

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  • Fried Chicken part 3

    Most of the dining rooms are furnished in a faux Victorian style remiscent of many early 20th century hotel dining rooms. This room - The Spirit of Kansas - is decidedly different.

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  • Best-known Fried Chicken in Kansas

    The original Brookville Hotel was located in - surprise! - Brookville, Kansas, and dated back to the 1870s, and in 1915 began serving their now-famous Family Style Fried Chicken Dinner.In 1999, the long-time owners, the Martin family, moved their business to Abilene, close to Interstate Highway 70. The facade of the original hotel was replicated,...

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  • A great local find

    It's always great to find those locally owned restaurants where the townspeople go to eat, where the food is good and reasonably priced. M & R fills the bill in Abilene, and surprisingly enough, is close to Insterstate Highway 70.It's not big or fancy, but clean and welcoming and there is a large and varied menu. I've had some good sandwiches...

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Abilene Transportation

  • City Streets Orientation

    Travelers entering Abilene from Interstate 70 will usually take Exit 275 for Hwy 15 South, which is the main commercial street named "Buckeye". RVs and Truckers will want to continue for about 3 miles until just past the railroad tracks, where ample parking at a mostly forgotten truck stop is possible. From here, one can walk or bicycle to visit...

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  • GETTING TO ABILENE. Abilene is...

    GETTING TO ABILENE. Abilene is just off I-70, 90 miles west of Topeka and 25 miles east of Salina. Abilene is convenient for Manhattan, Salina, Lindsborg, Hillsboro, Peabody, Marion, Newton and Hutchinson. Take a week to drive this loop and you’ll have a wonderful vacation, guaranteed!

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Abilene Shopping

  • Indian Art in Town

    The shop has been here for eons and apparently still survives in spite of decline in tourism to the area. They have a lot of local art pieces, and most are not within my range of what I want spend or enjoy. I do not buy much anymore, though; sizing down. Obviously Indian goods that are varied and wide in what is offered. Art works are the main...

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  • Totally Native American produced art...

    The American Indian Art Center represents 100 native American artisans from thirty woodlands and plains tribes - works including paintings, sculptures, carvings, pottery, beadwork, jewelry, history, silver smithing. Also available are books, note cards, gift cards, etc. Even if you're not there to buy (as was the case when Nancy and I visited), a...

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  • Buy from the Studio

    Dealing directly with the artists is always a plus, and Inga and Bob are special people - helpful, friendly, and interesting conversationalists. Nice setting amongst the trees and flowers, too. Decorative handmade terra cotta tiles, plates, sculpture, pastel, collage, etc. We were delighted to find a framed piece that we really liked, and for...

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Abilene Local Customs

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    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The American Indian Art Center is a gallery of art created by Native American Indians. There are many beautiful things in the Art Center and you should stop and take a look. It is located at 206 south Buckeye.

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Abilene Tourist Traps

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    Old Abilene town is for sale. You could own your very own wax museum, gift shop, cowboy town, railroad depot, and tourist trap.

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Abilene Off The Beaten Path

  • CANDY!

    At 1993 Caramel Boulevard you’ll find the Russell Stover Candies Outlet. Enjoy fresh samples and watch how candy is made in the demo kitchen. The shop sells a full range of Russell Stover sweeties, including leftover holiday candy and broken candy which are a bargain! Ring 785/263-0116. AND DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD IT IS TO FIND A PICTURE OF...

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  • Bow Studio and Gallery #2

    As mentioned in previous entry, Bob proved to be a hospitable host. In this photo, he is explaining to Nancy how leaves and flowers from their own gardens are layed into the wet clay (dug from the surrounding countryside), then how the pieces are colored with metals such as salt, rust, manganese, cobalt, etc. before being fired in the kiln.(For...

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  • Bow Studio and Gallery

    OK - it's not that far off of the beaten path, but it's outside of the city limits and partially hidden by the trees and gardens. This was our second surprising discover in Abilene (after the Lebold Mansion.) We met Inga and Bob Bow at their studio/gallery on a Sunday morning, and Bob graciously showed us around, discussing their craft and giving...

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Abilene Favorites

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    by brdwtchr Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: 150 years ago there was nothing but prairie where Abilene stands today. Since that time from small beginnings a town with a proud history has emerged. It is one of my favorite spots in Kansas because it still has that small town feeling but is big enough to have interesting things to see. You can get an old fashioned meal at the Kirby House. Shop for antiques in one of the 9 antique shops. Tour the 1880 Lebold-Vahsholtz Mansion. Spend a quiet moment appreciating nature at God's Garden on Camp Road. Can even visit the Russel Stover's Candy factory in Abilene.

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