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["Childhood's Great Adventure": side view]
Photograph of the sculpture "Childhood's Great Adventure," viewed from the side, showing three children in a canoe sprouting from an open book. One of them is pointing forwards, and another stares in that direction with an open mouth. The sculpture is located in Everman Park in Abilene, Texas and is based on the book Santa Calls, by Abilene author and illustrator William Joyce. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5271/
Downtown Street in Abilene, Texas
Photograph of a main downtown street in Abilene, Texas. The street starts out on the righthand side of the image and runs down into the lefthand side of the background. There is a large sidewalk running along both sides of the street. On the lefthand side of the image, a grassy stretch runs parallel in between the sidewalk and the street. On the righthand side of the street, three large red brick buildings are visible. All of the buildings have flat top roofs and several windows. On the lefthand side of the street,awnings from the buildings are visible, as is a white SUV in the background. Street lights and signs line the sidewalks. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5267/
Everman Park
Photograph of a sidewalk at Everman Park, which leads to a fountain. There are trees and plants on either side of the walkway, as well as in the middle of it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5269/
Everman Park
Photograph of a sign for Everman Park, which also plays home to plants. The statue "Childhood's Great Adventure" can be seen in the background, as can a plaque in front of it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5273/
Former Taylor County Courthouse
Photograph outside the former Taylor County Courthouse, built in 1914. There is a historic marker to the left. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5247/
Former Taylor County Courthouse
Photograph of the former Taylor County Courthouse. There are trees obscuring the view of the building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5254/
Former Taylor County Courthouse, detail of doorway
Photograph of a doorway at the former Taylor County Courthouse. The word "Justice" is carved above the doorway. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5250/
Former Taylor County Courthouse, detail of doorway
Photograph of a doorway at the former Taylor County Courthouse. The word "Peace" is carved above the door. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5249/
[Front View of "Childhood's Great Adventure"]
Photograph of the sculpture "Childhood's Great Adventure," located in Everman Park in Abilene, Texas. It shows three children in a canoe sprouting from an open book. One of them is pointing forwards, and another stares in that direction with an open mouth. The sculpture is based on the book Santa Calls, by Abilene author and illustrator William Joyce. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5270/
The Grace Museum
Photograph of the Grace Museum in Abilene. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5264/
Historic plaque - 45th Infantry Division at Camp Barkeley
Photograph of a historic plaque detailing the exploits of the 45th Infantry Division at Camp Barkeley. It reads: "45th Infantry Division at Camp Barkeley. The 45th Infantry Division, comprised of National Guard units from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, was one of the first four division ordered into federal service by Congress' joint resolution in 1940. Initially stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, the 45th was relocated to Camp Barkeley in early 1941. The "Thunderbirds" found Abilene's citizens welcoming, but Camp Barkeley was as yet little more than a tent city on undrained prairie. The new arrivals nicknamed their quarters "Camp Smokey Okie" and began rigorous training at once. In April 1942 the 45th was ordered to Fort Devens, Massachusetts. After another year of training in three more states they departed for North Africa and Sicily. World Was II took the 45th far from Taylor County. They saw fierce combat in Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany, culminating in the liberation of the concentration camp at Dachau in April 1945. After 511 days in combat and 3,650 men lost, the 45th infantry was one of the most distinguished military units of the war. Eight Congressional medals of honor were awarded to its members, who won the admiration of Allies and Axis powers alike. The division was released from active duty in November 1945. Hundreds of 45th infantry soldiers came back to Abilene to marry and make their homes, their love for the city recorded in their letters and their lives. The 45th was again called to active duty during the Korean conflict, suffering 834 casualties. One "Thunderbird" was posthumously awarded a Congressional medal of honor for his Korean service. (1998)" texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5248/
Historic Street with a Skyscraper in Abilene, Texas
Photograph of a main street with historic buildings in Abilene, Texas. The street starts in the foreground on the left and runs into the background on the right. There are several buildings visible on the lefthand side of the street, including a tower-like skyscraper in the background. The building closest to the foreground features a long front with several equally-spaced windows, a second floor balcony, and a myriad of historic decorative elements such as large balustrades on the roof. Many of the other buildings on the street have very similar features. Trees, potted bushes, and street lights line the sidewalks. Traffic lights are visible suspended over the street. There is a large bushy tree beside the road on the righthand side with a car parked underneath it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5275/
Monument on former Taylor County Courthouse grounds
Monument on former Taylor County Courthouse grounds texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5252/
Monument on former Taylor County Courthouse grounds, close up
"I SHALL NEVER SURRENDER OR RETREAT". TRAVIS texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5251/
Mural in Abilene
RELICS ABILENE, TEXAS "Hecho on Mexico Man!" ESTABLISHED 1997 texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5260/
T & P train depot, Abilene
T & P train depot texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5274/
T & P train depot, Abilene
T & P train depot texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5263/
T & P train depot, Abilene, detail
T & P train depot detail texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5266/
T & P train depot sign
T & P Depot offices of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council & Convention & Visitors Bureau 1101 N. 1st St. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5265/
Paramount Theatre, Abilene
Paramount Artwalk Film Lemony Snicket Thurs Aug 11 7 30 PM texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5261/
[Rear View of "Childhood's Great Adventure"]
Photograph of the sculpture "Childhood's Great Adventure," viewed from the back, showing three children in a canoe sprouting from an open book, facing the front of the canoe. The sculpture is located in Everman Park in Abilene, Texas, and several buildings are visible in the background of the photo. It is based on the book Santa Calls, by Abilene author and illustrator William Joyce. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5268/
Statistics and information concerning the state of Texas: with its millions of acres of unoccupied lands...
This book covers statistical information for the state of Texas. It includes "great inducements for the investment of capital, health for the invalid, interesting sights and scenes for the tourist and pleasure seeker, broad fields of research for the historian, unsurpassed hunting grounds for the sportsman, and other resources waiting to be unlocked by the key of capital in the hands of labor and industry" (title page). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth130184/
Taylor County Courthouse
Taylor County Courthouse. Built 1972, architects Tittle, Luther, Loving, Lee. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5259/
Taylor County Courthouse sign
TAYLOR COUNTY COURTHOUSE 300 OAK STREET texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5258/
Taylor County Veterans Memorial and Plaza
Taylor County Veterans Memorial and Plaza, featuring a bronze soldier and silver eagle sculptures. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5256/
Taylor County Veterans Memorial and Plaza, featuring a bronze soldier and silver eagle sculptures.
Taylor County Veterans Memorial and Plaza, featuring a bronze soldier and silver eagle sculptures on Taylor County Courthouse grounds texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5257/
Taylor County Veterans Memorial and Plaza plaque
The Taylor County Veterans' Memorial and Plaza was made possible by generous gifts from these patriotic friends and by those who purchased bricks in the Memorial Plaza. Dodge Jones Foundation County of Taylor Tax Increment Finance District of the City of Abilene In Memory of Pete and Mittie Elliott and John R. Hamil by Elliott-Hamil Families Abilene Bar Association Greathouse Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Kris Seale Barber Foundation In Memory of Henry Hart Mrs. A. B. Shelton By Judge & Mrs. Jess Holloway Abilene/Big Country Central Labor Council Abilene Cultural Affairs Council Abilene High School Drama Department Abilene Jaycee Foundation Abilene Reporter-News In Memory of Taylor County Veterans Service Officer Dan Garcia By Abilene Vietnam Grunts Association And the Taylor County Veterans Services Office Abilene Police Officers Association AEP-West Texas Utilites Co. Mr. & Mrs. James M. Alexander American State Bank Arrow Ford, Inc. Bank of America Mr. & Mrs. Grady Barr The Beckham Family Bill Reed Distributing Dr. & Mrs. Price Brock Mr. & Mrs. Lee Caldwell Mr. & Mrs. Joe Ed Canon Mr. & Mrs. John C. Chalmers Disabled American Veterans Brig. General & Mrs. Pintard M. Dyer Mr. Charles E. Erwin In Memory of Dr. Allen Maurice Fain By Mrs. Lourene Fain and Mr. & Mrs. Fred Lee Hughes First National Bank - Baird Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Galbraith In memory of Louis S. Gee By the Gee Family In Memory of TSGT Donald E. Gursky, US Air Force Judge and Mrs. Lee Hamilton Mr. & Mrs. Ray Howe In Memory of Fred C. Hughes By his sons Fred Lee and Harold In Honor of Fred Lee Hughes By Mrs. Wanda Hughes State Rep. & Mrs. Bob Hunter Mr. & Mrs. Gerald L. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Bennie R. Jones Kiwanis Club of Abilene Kiwanis Club of the Key City Chaplain Bill Libby Raymond & Gloria McDaniel Judge & Mrs. George Newman Non-Commissioned Officers Association North's Funeral Home Lt. Col. & Mrs. William L. Page J.M.Parker Foundation Robert Patton Mrs. Wayne V. Ramsey The Senter Family Southwest Abilene Rotary Club Commissioner & Mrs. Chuck Statler Talyor County Employees Mr. & Mrs. Scott L. Taliaferro Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Thomason, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Tiffany James D. Tittle Commissioner Jack & Nelva Turner In Memory of Keith Wells, Robert J. Wright, Kenneth Day, M.D., John Womble, William D. Grosvenor By Mr. & Mrs. William P. Wright, Jr. Taylor County Veterans' Memorial and Plaze Committee James D. Tittle, Chair Harwell Barber, Co-Chair Woody Gilliland, Co-Chair Victor Carrillo, County Judge Lee Hamilton, County Judge Jess Hollway, County Judge George Newman, County Judge Jack Turner, Commissioner Lynn Barnett Mike Hernandez Sue Hoffman Bill Libby Norris Lineweaver Sherri Statler Jimmy DeFoor, VSO Dan Garcia, VSO Gerald Garrett, VSO Nebra Peters, VSO Jack Townsley, VSO Terry Gilbreath - Sculptor texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5255/
The Texarkana Gateway to Texas and the Southwest
This text gives an overview of the places and resources in Texas with an emphasis on the locations where the railroads run through the state. Indexes start on page 220. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth61116/
Wall fountain in Abilene
Fountain in Abilene texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5262/
[Wide View of "Childhood's Great Adventure"]
Photograph of the sculpture "Childhood's Great Adventure," from the side, showing three children in a canoe sprouting from an open book. One of them is pointing forwards, and another stares in that direction with an open mouth. The sculpture is located in a paved area at Everman Park in Abilene, Texas; a stone fence and shrubberies are visible behind the sculpture. It is based on the book Santa Calls, by Abilene author and illustrator William Joyce. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5272/
WW II Memorial plaque, Taylor County
American ex-Prisoners of War Non Solum Armis honoring E battery lost battalion WWII 131st field artillery 2nd BN mobilized at Abilene, Texas, 25 November 1940. Captured by the Japanese forces, 10 March, 1942. Liberated, 18 September 1945. Battery Officers T. A. Dodson, Capt. H. G. Allen, 1st. LT. W. R. Slone, 1st. LT. M. A. Straughan, 2nd. LT. Sergeants F. F. Gilliam, 1st. Sgt. A. B. Cumberledge J. G. Fender F. Fujita D. N. Heleman * G. B. Killian B. W. Robertson N. W. Rogers H. R. Spalding R. H. White D. A. Williams O. B. Williams Corporals R. R. Choate C. J. Eaton P. G. Gosler N. O. F. Kalich * B. C. Keith C. T. Minshew H. B. Plant C. F. Powers C. J. Preslar A. N. Winn R. A. Wuest Privates 1st. class U. M. Carter R. G. Cook J. B. Croft J. S. Davis P. Evans T. C. Gilbreth H. E. Hanks J. N. Holder T. E. Lawson * G. W. Lynn J. G. Martinez W. F. Matthews E. W. Miller V. E. Morrison O. C. Mygland C. J. Shelton M. M. Snelling P. D. Stein R. L. Stubbs C. L. Tucker W. A. Visage M. D. Woodall D. C. Woods T. B. Woody Privates E. D. Adams J. Aleman C. E. Barker O. Campbell J. P. Campbell F. P. Ciplinski C. C. Clements E. L. Costlow F. Cuellar E. L. Donaho T. N. Drake W. L. Farmer J. W. Farrar C. C. Garcia H. A. Garland G. Gonos L. Hargett A. Hernandez * T. Hinton H. L. Holder C. D. Lofley A. W. Martin R. P. Martinez D. G. Mayo R. W. Mcmahan * J. P. Mendoza R. N. Moses C. O. Noddin L. O. Norris L. H. Ortiz F. T. Perez W. J. Robinson R. R. Rosas R. D. Savell A. T. Salinas H. T. Sharp A. E. Shelton R. E. Shields W. A. Starnader L. P. Staver * B. Thomas * J. E. Turner C. L. Vancleave T. P. Watson A. Wetsel E. Wisman * C. R. Woodward M. Zimmerle *died while Prisoner - of - War texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5253/