I lived in Abilene for years, moved away, then returned as quickly as I could. Being away from Abilene for a while opened my eyes to some things that I missed. But, even more, is that these were things that could only happen in Abilene. I mean, let's face it. Where else are you going to find a vacant big white mansion?

Moving back to Abilene was great for me. I'm now able to enjoy the goods that only it can bring. What's more, is that the city has changed quite a bit over the years. There's so much that's been added. Abilene is growing, that's for sure.

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There's a special charm about Abilene. Its own West Texas personality. From Lake Kirby to Abilene Christian University, the city is packed with people and places I enjoy the most. I've picked a few things

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If you've lived in Abilene for any amount of time you've more than likely heard of these. You've probably even done them. That's the charm of Abilene that I'm talking about. Cool things and events that you can only enjoy if you live in the community.

The future looks bright. Abilene keeps growing and developing new areas like the SODA district. Downtown Abilene is coming alive with restaurants, breweries, and more. As the city and these businesses grow, who knows what will be added to the above list? To me, it's all about doing the things you enjoy with the family and friends you love the most. Abilene is a great place for this to happen.

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