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Coordinates: 32°27′N 99°45′W / 32.450°N 99.750°W / 32.450; -99.750Coordinates: 32°27′N 99°45′W / 32.450°N 99.750°W / 32.450; -99.750
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyTaylor and Jones
Government
 • MayorNorm Archibald
Area
 • Total110.6 sq mi (286 km2)
 • Land105.1 sq mi (272 km2)
 • Water5.5 sq mi (14 km2)
Elevation
1,719 ft (524 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total117,063
 • Density1,058.4/sq mi (408.66/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code(s)
79600-79699
FIPS code48-01000
GNIS feature ID1329173
Websiteabilenetx.com

Abilene is a city in the US state of Texas. It is the County seat of Taylor County. About 120,000 people live there.[1]

History

The city of Abilene was started in 1881. Clabe Merchant named it after a city in Kansas. A lot of people came to live in the city. It soon became very important. Some people called it the 'Future Great City of West Texas.' A US Army base was built there in 1940. The base closed in 1945. After the base closed, it got changed to the Dyess Air Force Base. A lot of people work in the Air Force base today.[2]

Sports

An American football team called the Abilene Ruff Riders is based in the city. They play their home games in the Taylor County Expo Center. Their colors are black, white and red.

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