This is a story that sounds like it's straight out of a storybook or, at least, The Storybook Capital of America. While Abilene was being settled in the late 19th century, the railroad played a huge role in having Abilene be the county seat.

I'm of the opinion that the railroad is the main reason Abilene is alive and thriving today. The Texas and Pacific Railway was a big part of the transcontinental railroad system coming through Abilene in 1881. It is a fact that Abilene is laid out the way it is because of the railroad coming through the city.

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Abilene has had a decline in railway traffic with the rise in popularity of automobiles, trucking, and highways. Efforts have been made to preserve the history of railroading in Abilene. From the historic depots to the rail-related structures, many have been repurposed to help preserve our city's cultural heritage.

So it's no surprise that the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, curator of the Storybook Capital, just unveiled its latest sculpture. This locomotive sculpture is in honor of the children's book titled "Locomotive", written and illustrated by Brian Floca.

The locomotive sculpture is set near the front steps of Abilene City Hall at 555 Walnut. In the photos you will see that the Mayor and City Council members were all on hand for the unveiling of the locomotive sculpture, deep in the heart of Abilene.

After the unveiling, the Mayor, City Council, and donors that made this possible all posed for photos with the sculpture. Everyone is invited to have their picture made with the latest addition to the Storybook Capital of America.

Because of the railroad, Abilene attracts enthusiasts and tourists interested in the history of the railroad, and now we have a place to meet.

LOOK: This Is The Newest Storybook Sculpture

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