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The city of Abilene, Texas is in the counties of Taylor and Jones. Named in honor of Abilene, Kansas and was established as a stock shipping point on the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881. By the time the town was laid out and auctions for lots begun, there were already 700 or so people camping out on the townsite. By the end of the second day of bidding, 317 lots had been sold. Abilene is home to three universities: Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene Christian University, and McMurry University.

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