The community of Plano originated in the early 1840's in the Republic of Texas. Most of the early pioneers migrated from Kentucky and Tennessee as small groups of settlers found their way to Collin County's blackland prairie. Plano's birth was due in part to the enterprises of the Foreman family. Mr. Foreman erected a sawmill and gristmill that would be in demand by his
neighbors. Later a store and gin were added and these facilities attracted other settlers to the area.
Joseph, Daniel and Samuel Klepper took up their head-rights in 1847 at the present site of the city of Plano. Many more people came to help form a community. Silas Harrington, his brother
William and Dr. Henry Dye came to settle in 1848. Mr. Dye was the first medical doctor in the settlement. Mail service was established around 1850 and William Foreman's home became the
unofficial post office. The scattered settlements had now become a closer community and Dr. Dye felt the need for a proper name. Dr. Dye, determined to have a community with a recognized name suggested Plano. He understood the word Plano to mean "plain" (to describe the surrounding terrain) in Spanish. Postal authorities approved the name and Plano became the name of the community. William Foreman served as the first postmaster.
With the completion of the Houston and Texas Railroad in 1872, the city was on its way to new growth. By 1874 the population numbered over 500. Plano was the first depot by rail entering
Collin County by the south. The city was incorporated in June, 1873, and the town's first official mayor was C.J.E. Kellner.
Buildings and business flourished in the 1880's. Almost anything would be bought or traded in Plano. Throughout much of this century Plano relied on surrounding farms and ranches for its livelihood.
By the 1960s, the growth of both Dallas to the south and the success of several large high technology firms began to make their influence felt on the local economy and city planners began
making preparations for the growth they believed was inevitable. When the U.S. population began its historic shift in the 1970s, Plano welcomed newcomers with open arms and this resulted in Plano being one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas and the U.S. Impressed by the meticulous planning and development of the city and the positive attitude of the local business community, many professionals and executives began moving to the city.
Today Plano looks and is much changed from the city of just a generation ago, but the growth of the city and the nature of its spirit can be traced back to those first settlers who came to the area 150 years ago.
One of the biggest draws to the City of Plano is the Plano Independent School District. The district is comprised of 4 Early Childhood facilities, 44 Elementary schools, 13 Middle schools, 7 High schools (grades 9-10), 3 Senior High schools (grades 11-12), and one Online eschool (grades 9-12).
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