|Well Abilene may have been the prettiest town a country singer ever saw but that was probably 50 years ago, it still has some beautiful areas but just like most cities it is starting to look a bit run down. The Abilene KOA was a nice enough RV park, conveniently located to the interstate and any place we wanted to go in Abilene. The cable and wi-fi were good and sometimes that is all that really matters, at least to me. This part of Texas is suffering with drought conditions so the park was dusty and brown looking. It only rained once the whole week and that was just for a short time. Most of the week was just plain HOT. As usual, when we are in a new area we try to check out some of the local points of interest so that’s what we did. In downtown Abilene there is a Frontier Texas Museum that is very interesting. It’s displays track the history of Texas between the years 1780 and 1880. It features several unique life-sized holographic figures of people who lived in Texas telling their stories of life on the frontier, along with movie and photo displays. Life was hard for them and you just had to wonder why they so badly wanted to settle in the Wild West. It was all very well done and interesting so if you are ever in Abilene it is well worth the small entrance fee.
About 15 miles south of Abilene is another interesting place, Buffalo Gap Historic Village in Buffalo Gap, TX. There is a collection of 21 buildings that have been brought together to show how life was in that area between the years of 1870’s to the 1920’s. We have been to a bunch of these living history villages and we always enjoy seeing how life was in the past. Both Bob and I thought that a couple of the buildings were nice enough to live in even now, just need to add plumbing and wiring, that’s all.
We also stopped in the see a fully restored theatre, the Paramount in downtown Abilene. The theatre was built in the 1930’s and restored in the 1980’s. It is free to tour the theatre weekday afternoons and on the weekend they show old movies. They also use the theatre for concerts and live shows. The inside of the theatre was beautiful; it makes you wish that other old theatres could be restored to their former glamour.
Oh did I mention, it was HOT all week, and it is only May……...just can’t wait to get to Vegas.