A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 25, 2011
Abilenian (inhabitant of Abilene)

"Abilenian” is the name of an inhabitant of Abilene, Texas. The name “Abilenian” has been cited in print since at least 1890.


Wikipedia: Abilene, Texas
Abilene ( /ˈæbəliːn/ ab-ə-leen) is a city in Taylor and Jones counties in west central Texas. The population was 117,063 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Abilene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2006 estimated population of 158,063. It is the county seat of Taylor County. Dyess Air Force Base is located on the west side of the city.

Abilene is located off Interstate 20, between exits 279 on its western edge and 292 on the east. Abilene is 150 miles (240 km) west of Fort Worth, Texas. The city is looped by I-20 to the north, US 83/84 on the west, and Loop 322 to the east. A railroad divides the city down the center into north and south. The historic downtown area is on the north side of the railroad.

The fastest-growing sections of the city are growing to the southwest, along Southwest Drive, the Winters Freeway, and the Buffalo Gap Road corridor; the southeast, along Loop 322, Oldham Lane, Industrial Drive, and Maple Street; and in the northeast near the intersection of SH 351 and I-20. Many developments have begun in these three areas within the last few years. There are three lakes in the city, Lytle Lake on the western edge of Abilene Regional Airport, Kirby Lake on the southeast corner of the US 83/84 & Loop 322 interchange, and Lake Fort Phantom Hill in Jones County in north Abilene.
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Demonym Abilenian

The Portal to Texas History
6 August 1890, Fort Worth (TX) Daily Gazette, pg. 5, col. 3:
ABILENE, Aug. 5.—The heart of the Abilenian was made to pulsate with much joy this morning when he was gently awakened from his peaceful slumbers by the welcome patter of rain upon the roof, which, at this writing, still continues and promises to continue for several hours to come.

1 November 1901, Scandia (KS) Journal, pg. 4, col. 1:
Wouldn’t Abilenians sound better than Abilenites.

27 May 1909, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Tout Three Toms; Third Term Talk,” pg. 2, col. 3:
Thereupon the Abilenians “riz up,” declaring that they would build the road themselves, kicked themselves for ever having gone to Chicago, raised the cry of “Texas Railroads for Texans,” and wound up with the slogan, “Tom Campbell for a Third Term.”

The Portal to Texas History
27 October 1921, The Optimist (Abilene, TX), “Wildcats suffer a defeat at hands of Canyon Normalities,” pg. 1, col. 3:
Many of the spectators were heard to praise the Abilenians for the clean, hard fight which they gave the Buffaloes despite the fact that they were outweighed twenty pounds to a man.

OCLC WorldCat record
The Abilenian
Author: Abilene Chamber of Commerce.
Publisher: Abilene, Tex. : Abilene Chamber of Commerce.
Edition/Format:  Journal, magazine : Periodical : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Abilenians helping Abilenians : a study of community needs
Author: Norman Archibald; Abilene (Tex.); Dodge Jones Foundation.; United Way of Abilene.
Publisher: [Abilene, Tex. : s.n.], 1987.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

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