Talking Texas Abilene Day Trip: Albany

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            One of the great things about living in the Big Country, are all the charming towns to visit.  Albany is located 35 miles northeast of Abilene in Shackelford County. In 2010 the population was 2,034.

            When you first drive into town, stop by the Shackelford County Courthouse. The courthouse was built in 1884 and restored in 2001. From there hop over to the Old Art Jail Center.  The jail, originally constructed in 1878, is now an art center that opened in 1980. Art in a variety of different mediums proliferate both inside and out side the old jail.

            Next stop by the Aztec Theater and the Flying A Car Museum.  The Aztec theater was built in 1927 and served as a community center.  The Aztec has been renovated and is currently used for musical and theater performances. The Aztec i

s also available to rent for special events. Next to the Aztec is the Flying A Car Museum. This non-profit has a collection of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from local residents. The collection changes out around three times a year, so check back to see what cars are coming next.

            If you enjoy shopping, Albany has a diverse range of shops. Stop by the Blanton-Caldwell Trading Co to find women’s clothing, kitchenware, and hunting gear. Next-door is the old Sanders Drug Store, where you can get an old fashion soda.

            Fort Griffin, a historic fort, is located 15 miles north of Albany. Every year, Fort Griffin holds the Fort Griffin Fandangle the last two weekends of June. This 75-year tradition tells the Texas Frontier Story of Indians, settlers, and soldiers.

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