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["Childhood's Great Adventure": side view]

Description: 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.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph
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Downtown Street in Abilene, Texas

Description: 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.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph

Everman Park

Description: 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.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph
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Everman Park

Description: 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.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph
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Former Taylor County Courthouse

Description: Photograph outside the former Taylor County Courthouse, built in 1914. There is a historic marker to the left.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph
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Former Taylor County Courthouse

Description: Photograph of the former Taylor County Courthouse. There are trees obscuring the view of the building.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph
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[Front View of "Childhood's Great Adventure"]

Description: 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.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph
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The Grace Museum

Description: Photograph of the Grace Museum in Abilene.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph
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Historic plaque - 45th Infantry Division at Camp Barkeley

Description: 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)"
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph
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Historic Street with a Skyscraper in Abilene, Texas

Description: 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.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph

Mural in Abilene

Description: RELICS ABILENE, TEXAS "Hecho on Mexico Man!" ESTABLISHED 1997
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph

T & P train depot sign

Description: T & P Depot offices of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council & Convention & Visitors Bureau 1101 N. 1st St.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph

[Rear View of "Childhood's Great Adventure"]

Description: 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.
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Item Type: Photograph
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Statistics and information concerning the state of Texas: with its millions of acres of unoccupied lands...

Description: 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).
Date: 1890
Creator: Missouri Pacific Railway Company.
Item Type: Book