• Hamlin
    Motto: “Reflecting the Past, Living the Present, Building the Future.” 2007 Est. Pop.: 2,170. Location: 44 miles north of Abilene at U.S. Highway 83 and State Highways 57 and 92. The town’s…
  • Hawley
    2007 Est. Pop.: 640. Location: 13 miles north of Abilene on U.S. Highway 277. Notable Landscape: The area around Hawley is known as the Shinnery because of its shin oak trees and sandy soil.…
  • Impact
    2007 Est. Pop.: 40. Location: Impact is a 47-acre incorporated city along Impact Drive east of Old Anson Road, within Abilene’s city limits on the north side of town. History: Impact was founded…
  • Lake Fort Phantom Hill
    Lake Fort Phantom
    Location: Lake Fort Phantom Hill is between farm roads 600 and 2833 about 10 miles north of Abilene in the southern portion of Jones County. 2006 Est. Pop.: The City of Abilene, which owns the lots…
  • Lawn
    2007 Est. Pop.: 349. Location: 25 miles south of Abilene on U.S. Highway 84. History: Lawn originally was founded in 1894 but a second settlement called New Lawn formed in 1909 where the town is…
  • Lueders
    2007 Est. Pop: 282. Location: 44 miles north of Abilene on State Highway 6 at Farm Road 1597 in Jones County. History: The earliest farming efforts in the Lueders area, nestled along part of the…
  • Merkel
    Motto: “The Windmill City.” 2007 Est. Pop: 2,656. Location: 16 miles west of Abilene on Interstate 20. History: Like so many communities along Interstate 20, Merkel’s early founding and…
  • Oplin
    2000 Pop.: 75. Location: 36 miles southeast of Abilene at State Hwy 604 and FM 2926. History: Oplin, founded in the 1890s, may have been named after a town in South America. The town had its own…
  • Ovalo
    2000 Est. Pop.: 225. Location: 23 miles south of Abilene at U.S. Highway 83 and FM 614. History: In May 2008 Ovalo residents and exes celebrated the town’s centennial, dating to when the Abilene…
  • Potosi
    2007 Est. Pop.: 1,645. (That may have doubled with all the new additions) Location: About 6 miles southeast of Abilene’s city limits in the area of FM 1750. The U.S. Census Bureau labels Potosi…
  • Stamford
    Motto: “Lone Star Tradition, Small-Town Heart.” 2007 Est. Pop.: 3,599. Location: 42 miles north of Abilene at U.S. Highway 277 and State Highways 6 and 92. Sons of Svante Magnus Swenson,…
  • Trent
    2007 Est. Pop.: 312. Location: 22 miles west of Abilene on Interstate 20. History: The Texas and Pacific Railway founded Trent in 1881 as a halfway stopping point on the 860-mile line between…
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