By Glenn Dromgoole, Jay Moore, Joe W. Specht

A number of interesting and colourful tales spanning the historical past of Abilene, Texas.

Although Abilene has lengthy lived within the shadows of the literary limelight, it has no longer been for a scarcity of fine writing, solid writers, or fascinating tales. Now popping out of the shadows, Abilene tales: From Then to Now bargains a neighborhood scrapbook, a meeting of the civic congregation the place greater than 100 pals have stopped by way of for a trip. The laughter is strong and the grins wide as tales are informed and stories jogged.

Pull up a chair subsequent to Katharyn Duff as she relates a number of old chestnuts. provide your cognizance to overlook Tommie Clack for a ringside seat to the previous. Step into the poetry of these who understand this position good and some who simply saw it in passing. savor the pointy perception of Pulitzer-nominated Frank Grimes. pay attention for the non-public point which A.C. Greene wove into the majority of his writings.

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The hunting party was composed of J. B. Clack, John Allen, Billy Adams, Rufe Allen and Mr. Stroud along with others whose names I am unable to recall. In case the Indians attacked one of the party, it had been agreed at the outset that a few discharges from his gun would suffice to bring the whole company to his relief at once. On a certain occasion one of the boys rambled off alone. In a short time the camp was aroused by the firing of several shots in the direction he had gone. Not only that, but the shots were accompanied with yelling to better attract attention.

C. GREENE Every man has a village in his heart, whether he comes from abounding Manhattan or the prairies of West Texas. It may be a crossroads town where every face was a daily familiarity, it may be one certain block within a metropolis, but there is a village he has kept. The village is what he refers to when he is making his life decisions. When he cannot go back to the village and display his prizes, in pride or in scorn, he finds less satisfaction in achievement. He does not always love the village but he can never destroy it, for it is himself in it that makes it his village.

GREENE It is too bad that lack of roads means you can’t approach Fort Phantom Hill from the east or northeast, as the Butterfield stage did, because coming from those directions you are able to see why the ghostly name was attached to this unspectral elevation. The Butterfield station, which used the old guardhouse, is in fair condition. The fireplace and hearth where meals were prepared for Butterfield passengers could today be used for the same thing. The little rock magazine which the agent used for storage has been nicely repaired, although the copper lining the building once had to protect the munitions from the flash-fire is long since gone.

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