Walk Our Paths: Abilene, KS
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Dwight D. Eisenhower served a general of the United States army in World War II and President of the United States from 1953-1961.
The grave marker for Thomas "Bear River" Smith, most famous tombstone within this cemetery, is an oblong red granite rock that reads "A Hero of Frontier Days Who in Cowboy Chaos Established the Supremacy of Law."
Originally completed for the sum of $18,000 and hosting 23 rooms, this brown limestone mansion belonged to a local real estate developer until an economic depression swept across the U.S. in the late 1880s and he returned the house to his creditors.
Doud Dwight Eisenhower died from scarlet fever. at the age of four. His body was reinterred in this location in 1966 after the chapel's completion.
After President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of 1862, workers began constructing the Union Pacific Railroad westward as part of the transcontinental railroad. The Kansas Pacific Railway eventually became incorporated into the Union Pacific Railroad.
This former Presbyterian Church also houses a local movie theater, in addition to a performing arts stage.
Painting a set of church doors red suggests that God's protection lies upon this building (referring to the Israelite Passover event found in the Old Testament) or illustrates the shedding of blood by Jesus at his crucifixion.
Current residents of this building include Etherington & Co. Realtors.
After journeying across the Chisolm Trail, cattle loaded onto railroad cars departed for Chicago, Illinois, the hub of meat butchering for the Midwest. Abilene was the first cow town of the west.
The daughters of this mansion owner never married but remained in the home until passing away in their 90s.
Nearby to this location is the RHV Hardware Store, standing for Real Honest Values for over sixty years.
In the United States, freemasonry reached its zenith in the 1920s.
In 1911, Dwight D. Eisenhower departed from this spot for his journey to West Point Military Academy and the beginning of his illustrious military career.