Abilene historian Jay Moore’s book, Abilene History in Plain Sight, is back in a new paperback edition, $23.99. First published in 2014 by ACU Press, the hardback edition has been out of print for a year or so.
We have autographed copies of the new edition at Texas Star, and it’s full of Abilene stories as only Jay Moore can tell them.
- When Elvis sang at the Fair Park Auditorium in October 1955, it only cost $1 to see him headline the bill that also included Johnny Cash.
- A Kentuckian came up with the idea of naming Abilene streets for trees. Who was he?
- Four Abilene streets (named for people) are misspelled.
- The Grace Hotel became the Drake and then the Grace Museum. But who was Grace, and did she ever spend the night at the hotel named for her?
- Read the stories behind such iconic Abilene sites as the Paramount Theatre, Shotwell Stadium, Cooper High School, Maxwell Golf Course, Hendrick Medical Center, Charlie Blanks Night Club, Woodson High School, and the Round Building.
And that’s just skimming the surface. A great summer read.