July 2, 2020
City of Abilene's Independence Day Celebration
Twiggstones Lapidary & Jewelry Opening Friday!
From Ortus Cafe:

We're expanding our footprint and adding "& Gallery" to our name. In the near future, we will be opening the north end of our building as a space for local and regional art, as well as some souvenirs. The Cafe will remain open during this change, and soon we will be Ortus Cafe & Gallery.

We are seeking to partner with local artists to add to the products we offer. If you're interested, please stop by, or send us a private message starting next week.

Opening soon:
Twiggstones Lapidary & Jewelry
115 NW 3rd Street
Saturday, July 4 from 9-4
Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad
From the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad:

With Kansas Governor Kelly's latest order, starting Friday we are asking everyone to please wear a mask, especially when in the depot and on the train if there is not room to stay 6 feet from other groups. We appreciate your co-operation.
Thursday - Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm
Sunday, June 28 and July 5 at 2 pm
5 Examples of Americana
by Cecilia Harris

Celebrate Independence Day by viewing these five sites that are excellent examples of Americana.
1. Eisenhower Park and Rose Garden
Garden enthusiasts love the more than 50 varieties represented in over 100 roses among the 3,000 blooming plants, and features like a water fountain, gazebo, and limestone pergola in this park and rose garden established in the 1930s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Location: 500 Pine Street
2. Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad
Step back in time when the railroad was the fastest means of transportation by riding in the dining car or in one of the open air cars of this excursion train that travels through the Smoky Hill River Valley. Check the schedule for when it is pulled by a steam engine for the full experience.

Location: 200 Southeast Fifth Street

Information: (785) 263-1077 asvrr.org
3.Big Spur
This 28-foot-tall replica of a cowboy’s spur well represents Abilene’s history as an early-day cattle town in the late 1860s and as the home of today’s men and women who raise cattle for a living. It was named the World's Largest by Guinness World Records until 2017.

Location: 1810 North Buckeye
Information (785) 263-7777
4.Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home
Discover how growing up in a small town in the Midwest shaped Eisenhower into the leader he became as a Five Star General in the Army and President of the United States. Be sure to tour his humble boyhood home.

Location: 200 Southeast Fourth Street

(785) 263 6700x877 eisenhowerlibrary.gov

Note: the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Visit their website for the latest information.
5.Greyhound Hall of Fame
Pet the greyhound greeters and discover their gentle nature at this museum where interesting displays feature the fastest dogs in the world from ancient times to the present.

Location: 407 South Buckeye Avenue

Information: (785) 263-3000 or (800) 932-7881 greyhoundhalloffame.com
Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau