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Lebold Mansion

Abilene began as a stage coach stop in 1857 established by Timothy Hersey and Eliza Hersey. The name, taken from a passage in the bible, means city of the plains. (The Hersey dugout can still be seen in the cellar of the Lebold Mansion.) The town grew quickly when Joseph G. McCoy decided to use the town for the location of his stockyards.


With the railroad pushing west and the cattle traders soon used Abilene as the largest stockyards west of Kansas City. The Chisholm Trail ended in Abilene and brought in many travelers and made Abilene one of the wildest towns in the west.


finest house west of Topeka

Wild Bill Hickok became marshal of Abilene for a short time in April of 1871. His time as marshal was short lived when, in a shoot-out with Phil Coe, he accidentally shot his friend and deputy, Mike Williams by mistake. He lost his job two months later in December.

In 1880 Conrad Lebold built what the newspapers called the finest house west of Topeka. Lebold was one of the early town developers and Bankers from 1869 thru 1889

Eisenhower Home




radio on its stand




Dwight's birth registered in the family Bible


dining area


extra bedroom


wash room


photo of Dwight D. Eisenhower's parents

Eisenhower Story in murals


his birth




learning from his parents


working with his parents


leaving home


at West Point


his marriage


World War II



as President of Columbia University


as Commander of NATO


as President of the United States

Presidential Museum





statue of Dwight D. Eisenhower


wedding photo


the electric car of Mamie Doud's parents
belonged to Elvira "Minnie" Dowd
(a 1914 model J4 Rauch & Lang, made in Cleveland Ohio)
often used by Dwight D. Eisenhower


Ike in uniform
(in the short vest jacket he created)


on the campaign trail

Place of Meditation

internment place of

Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower





the burial site

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