The original township of Allen was located along the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, which was built in 1872. Allen was named for Ebenezer Allen, a former attorney general of Texas and one of the promoters of the railroad. The town was officially incorporated in 1953. Home Rule Status was adopted in 1979 with a council/manager form of government. U.S. Interstate 75 was built in 1960 and had a similar impact on Allen’s future as the railroad a century before.
The Historic Water Station Trail gives trail-goers an opportunity to experience Allen's history. Just off the path of the Cottonwood Creek Hike and Bike Trail, a destination bridge overlooking the Old Stone Dam connects to the crushed granite loop where interpretative panels detail information about the Historic Water Station, a Texas State Archaeological Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To access this trail, park at Allen Station Park and follow the trail signs northwest.
Allen Heritage Village, located at 450 E St. Mary Drive, recreates Allen's past with a collection of historic homes, outbuildings and a church in one of the city's oldest residential areas. Find upcoming events at AllenHeritage.org.
The Allen Heritage Center and Depot Museum (100 E. Main Street) features permanent displays highlighting Allen's railroad history and prominent city figures, including Ebenezer Allen and Sam Bass.
The City of Allen is located Northeast of the DFW Metroplex, with its nearest neighbor of Plano. The city is served by the Allen ISD and boasts Eagle Stadium, one of the largest high school football stadiums in the state. It is also the home of the famed Southfork Ranch of the TV show "Dallas" fame.
The Allen Independent School District has 18 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 1 freshman center, 1 alternative education center, and 1 high school (Allen High School). Allen ISD serves almost all of Allen.
Small portions of the Allen city limits extend into Lovejoy, McKinney, and Plano ISDs. In the fall of 2006, new 9th grade high school students in the Lovejoy ISD boundaries began attending the newly opened Lovejoy High School. The school became a full 4-year high school in the 2009–10 school year.
Many wonderful communities comprise Allen providing choices of homes and price ranges.
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