|This particular photo was taken in 1912 and features Santa Claus making his debut outside the Duckwall Bros. Racket Store.|
On May 10, 1901, a small general store was opened on the west side of Broadway Street. Just a few short years later, Duckwall Bros. Racket Store moved to their new location across the street (where the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle office is located today). Also known as a five and dime store, this Duckwall Bros. store had a long history in Abilene. In some of Bill Jeffcoat's writings from the 1950s, he mentions that downtown Abilene was a bustling place to visit on Saturday nights. The stores would be packed with customers buying products and getting a bite to eat at a lunch counter, all while children ran around the aisles, often unattended. Of course, while this particular Duckwall store is no longer in operation, the company has maintained a presence not only in Abilene, but in twenty-three states. Known as ALCO Stores, the company has over two hundred store locations.