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Collin County, Texas
75023, 75024, 75025, 75026, 75074, 75075, 75086, 75093, 75094
All-America City Award in 1994
Chamber of Commerce.
Historical information about Plano - including a history of Plano and an historical walking tour for you to take on-line
One of the founders, Dr.Dye, wanted a proper name for their community now that they were more established. He requested the name of Fillmore, honoring the President of the United States. The name of Foreman was suggested for one of the other founders, but William Foreman said no. Dr. Dye then put forth the name of Plano. He believed the name in Spanish meant "plain" - describing the area. This name was accepted and Plano was officially a town. It was incorporated in June of 1873.
A complete history of Plano, Texas can be found in a book entitled, "Plano, Texas: The Early Years." All of the Plano libraries Harrington, Haggard, Davis, and Schimelpfenig have several copies of this book. Copies can also be purchased at the Heritage Farmstead Museum.
Most of the City of Plano was destroyed by fire nearly one hundred years ago, so few of the original buildings of the city still exist. However, several homes of pioneering families Carpenter, Wyatt, etc. were rebuilt after the fire and still exist in downtown Plano near 15thStreet Norman F. Whitsitt Parkway/FM 544 and Avenue K State Highway 5.
The City also runs the Interurban Museum complete with a real Interurban train car downtown. The Interurban once connected the cities of Sherman, McKinney, Allen, Plano, Richardson, and Dallas. This museum, along with other historical sites, are located in Haggard Park.
Outside of downtown, visitors should go to the Heritage Farmstead Museum at 15th Street Norman F. Whitsitt Parkway & Custer Road FM 2478, a working historical farm and museum of the city's early history. Of the large farming families' homesteads, only the Wells Homestead exists. It has been restored and is at Coit Road and Spring Creek Parkway. The old Haggard, Daffron, and Rasor homesteads have been destroyed.
Also of note is Rowlett Creek Cemetery at Custer Road and SH 121. Lucy Rasor and several other civic leaders reorganized this cemetery to ensure its preservation. It includes the graves of several historic families including Harringtons, Rasors, etc.
Learn more about Plano at PlanoOnline.com
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Place
McKinney, Texas 75069
About 5 miles from Plano
Well-known as the location for the "Dallas" television series. Not this ranch is open for tours as well as for special events.
Plano has a Council-Manager form of government