One of the last Indian fights occurs. With the area more secure, large numbers of settlers begin to arrive.
The Texas and Pacific railroad tracks reach Abilene.
The U.S. Post Office opens and the first 'official' train arrives.
A town lot auction is held and Abilene is ""born."" By the end of the next day, 317 lots are sold for the sum of $51,360.
The city incorporates. It boasts two newspapers, numerous churches and a public school. Abilene now has enough people to petition for an election to move the county seat from Buffalo Gap.
Abilene wins the county seat election by a landslide. This stabilizes the area and brings new enterprises to town. Today Abilene is the center of a 22 county trade area.