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Abilene's schools in the 1950s included McMurry College, Abilene Christian College, Hardin-Simmons University, ten grammar schools and a senior high. There were also the St. Joseph's Academy, Hendrick School of nursing, Draughton's Business College and Gail Business College. Total student population was about 10,000 per year.

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McMurry College, Abilene, Texas

Abilene Christian College, Abilene, Texas
Abilene Christian College, Abilene Texas 1950s
Administration Bldg.      Sewell Auditorium       Boys' Dormitory
Girls' Dormitory     Education Bldg.      Administration Bldg.
The Sewell Auditorium was built in 1929 and was named for Jesse P. Sewell, president of Abilene Christian in 1912-14.

Hardin Simmons University
Hardin Simmons University- Abilene, Texas
Abilene Hall    Science Hall    Fine Arts Bldg.

Simmons College
Simmons College, Cowden Hall Abilene, Texas 1911

High School
Abilene High School, Abilene, Texas

Alexander Building
Alexander Alexander Building, Abilene, Texas

Wooten Hotel.
Wooten Hotel Abilene, Texas

Pine Street
Pine Street Abilene, Texas 1900

South 1st & Chestnut
South First and Chestnut Streets, Abilene, Texas 1900

Underpass and Pine Street, looking north, Abilene, Texas
Underpass and Pine Street, looking north, Abilene, Texas 1940s

The eight story red brick building is the Alexander Building, still in use as an office building mostly lawyers, in the past doctors officesThe old Farmers & Merchants National Bank (now First Financial Bank) formerly was housed on the first floor. Across from the Alexander Building in the fifties was the Citizens National Bank which later built a tall building on Cypress St.

In the background to the left is a sixteen 16 story building, was the Wooten Hotel, at 1103 N. 3rd St., really 3rd and Cypress, then the Abilene Towers Apartments until 1998 when it had to be closed due to lack of maintenance.   Still standing in 2000 but in terrible shape and may be remodeled into shops and condominiums. The restored Paramount Theater is in the building.

The red brick hotel on Cypress Street and was the Grace Hotel when it closed (formerly the Drake Hotel).  It is now the Grace Museum.

United States Post Office and Federal Couthouse, Abilene, TX 1940
United States Post Office and Courthouse, Abilene, TX 1940

Abilene Federal Building Ca 1900
Abilene Federal Buildinig..about 1900

Alexander Sanitarium, Abilene, Texas 1931

First Pres. Church
First Presbyterian Church Abilene, Texas

Guitar Home
John Guitar's Home, Abilene, Texas 1931

A duel was fought in Texas lately, by Alexander Shott and John
S. Nott. Nott was shot and Shott was not. In this case it was
better to be Shott than Nott. There was a rumor that Nott was
not shot, but Shott swears he shot Nott, which proves either
that the shot Shott shot at Nott was not shot, or that Nott is
shot notwithstanding.

Reference: April 1867 issue of `Printers' Circular.'


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