By Glenn Dromgoole, Jay Moore, Joe W. Specht
A selection 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 now not been for an absence of excellent 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 neighbors have stopped via for a trip. The laughter is powerful and the grins vast as tales are advised and stories jogged.
Pull up a chair subsequent to Katharyn Duff as she relates a number of ancient chestnuts. supply your consciousness 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. savour the pointy perception of Pulitzer-nominated Frank Grimes. hear for the non-public aspect which A.C. Greene wove into the majority of his writings.
The assortment starts with tales from prior to Abilene...
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S. 83 is a modern, but ironic, tribute to the mail company, the “Butterfield Trail airport” for private planes. The old road went across this deceptively flat country in fairly straight fashion, but surely, in those days, they must have had real problems getting through the sudden freshets when there was rain. Today in wet weather, the researching traveler may well be faced with a washed out culvert or a dangerously slippery section of county road (as did this traveler). But eventually you emerge and go south to the edge of the town of Tye.
Visiting Fort Phantom Hill, as I often did, clambering over the stone magazine, searching among the chimneys, letting my young mind embrace whatever imaginative adventures it was creating, I felt the past take on immediate importance for the first time. That grip has never loosened. It only tightens as I approach this little hill that disappears—phantom-like—while the boy reappears, phantom-like, when I come to it. Tracing the trail westward, you go down a slight bluff on a neglected little road that you find just a few yards south of the fort.
Thus, if we try to go back, our yardsticks look unfamiliar, their scales and markings wiped smooth. We can’t remember what we were measuring against the deep-scored, beveled-edged bricks of the Elks Hall, or the significance of the steepness of the steps going up to the old City Hall’s east doors, the length of the no-longer-used passenger platform at the T&P station. The only place where they can still tell you something about yourself is in the village of your heart. Glenn Dromgoole had been editor of the Abilene Reporter-News for about a year and a half when he wrote this piece in 1987 about Abilene’s civic spirit.