Abilene is named after the Kansas cattle town. This city is home to eight institutions of higher education and Dyess Air Force Base. Abilene is a designated "The Storybook Capital of Texas" with 28 (and counting) iconic storybook sculptures in the downtown area. Abilene also is a Texas Cultural District, All-America City and Preserve America city. It is home to a philharmonic orchestra, regional ballet, theater and opera. Abilene is on the Texas Forts Trail, and lies on U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports-to-Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports. Events include the Outlaws and Legends Music Fest in April, the Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo in May, the Children's Art and Literacy Festival in June, and the West Texas Fair and Rodeo in September.

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