Preserving & Promoting Allen's Heritage and Spirit...
UPCOMING AND MOST RECENT EVENTS AND PHOTOS
Lynge and Wetsel or I-house
AllenSeniorCenter members will be our guests for a tour of the Village
“Christmas on the Prairie”
Allen Water Station Interpretative Trail, dedicated April 1, 2017
The culmination of many years of work to preserve and highlight the importance of the Allen Stone Dam and Water Station site was realized at the dedication of the new Water Station Interpretive Trail on April 1, 2017. Several groups within the City of Allen along with other historic groups played a part in making the plans come together to produce what was celebrated that day. The city purchased the property in 1995, placed gabions on the banks on the sides in 2002 and again in 2013 and did additional erosion control during the final development stage planned and overseen by the staff of Allen Parks and Recreation.
Working to secure recognition of the historical site was done by the City along with the Allen Heritage Guild and the Collin County Historical Commission. Plaques on the bridge and nearby attest to the site as a Texas State Archeological landmark, National Register of Historic places and Texas State Historic place.
Funding was provided by the City of Allen through a grant from the Allen Community Development Corporation, and grants from Collin County Parks Foundation, Collin County Parks and Open Space Funding Assistance Program, and the Collin County Historical Commission.
The Allen Heritage Guild contributed to the historical interpretation signage on the trail. We partner with the city to restore and protect historical sites in Allen.
Following the ribbon cutting, visitors were invited to enjoy BBQ and stroll through the area.
Be sure to visit the site; you will be impressed with all the changes. There is a new bridge to overlook the dam, landscaping and historical signage. To access the trail parking is provided in two areas. Park in Allen Station Park just south of Exchange; this is the major entranceway to the trail that leads under the bridge to the dam. The other parking area is just west of the businesses on the north side of Exchange across from Allen Station Park. A marker designates the location of the trail at this location.
The Guild meets monthly to discuss the status of current and proposed projects, and frequently features guest speakers on topics of historical significance.
Meetings are currently held on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at The Train Depot (Allen Heritage Center, 100 East Main Street).