Revisit Abilene's history buried at local cemetery

ABILENE, Texas - The city of Abilene has rich history buried at the Abilene Cemetery.

Jay Moore, a local historian and Abilene High teacher, told the stories of some of the big names of the city on Wednesday afternoon.

"James Winford Hunt was the founding president of McMurry College, now McMurry University," Moore said. "He was actually born on an Indian reservation, that's the reason that for many years McMurry was known as the McMurry Indians before they changed it to the Warhawks."

The railroads you see around town were constructed by another man buried at the cemetery, Morgan Jones.

"He was a railroad builder, he invested lots of money in Abilene, he built railroad lines in Abilene south to Ballinger and north to Hamlin, which are now gone," Moore said.

Clack Middle School was named after two women who had great influence in the city.

"Miss Tommy Clack was the English teacher for generations of Abilenians, many that are still here still remember her," Moore said. "Of course Clack Middle School is named after those two sisters."

If you would like to attend the second part of the Tales and Tombstones series, here's a link to the website for more information.

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