Historical Kansas (West Bound) # 99
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 00.078 W 096° 52.915
14S E 683413 N 4319054
Historical marker located in rest area on I-70 westbound at mile 294.
Waymark Code: WM1ZJ5
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 08/09/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 80

Abilene, 20 miles ahead, was a cowtown of major importance in the history of the American West. During 1867-1871 much of the town was a mixture of bawling Longhorn cattle and cowhands up from Texas - with numerous, more worldly two-legged critters in supporting occupations. Abilene's most respected early lawman was Thomas J. Smith, killed by a half-crazed settler in 1871, contributed to the town's bloody history by engaging rowdy Phil Coe in a blazing gun battle at eight feet.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower lived in Abilene from1891 to 1911.  The Eisenhower Home and Museum, the Presidential Library and Chapel, help to make Abilene a major attraction for visitors from all over the world.

Thirteen miles west of this marker is an exit for Detroit.  This little town was an 1870 county-seat rival of Abilene.  The Western News, Detroit's newspaper, bitterly charged that Abilene was run "by Vagabonds, Ruffians, Fancy Women, Rot Gut Whiskey and Gamblers."  Apparently the voters liked what was there, for Abilene triumphed!

Milford reservoir is five miles north of this marker. ~ text of marker

Marker Name: Historical Kansas

Marker Type: Rest Area

Marker text:
See above

Marker Location: Geary

Official Marker Number: 99

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

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