The Railroad Ran Through and created the Town of Allen exhibit displays information about the Houston and Texas Central RR, probably the most important line ever constructed in Texas. Information about all aspects of the building of the dam on Cottonwood Creek and associated buildings for the Allen Water Station is displayed. Hear the sounds of the steam locomotives and see a typical station agent’s office. View information about the train depot which served the passenger and freight needs of Allen for many years.
See how the town of Allen was created from the original James Read survey. The exhibit covers the years from 1876-1899 with displays of businesses, churches, schools, cemetery, post office and social organizations. Much newly found information is shown including maps, charts, census and deed pages, photos and objects.
Don’t miss this exhibit about the beginnings of Allen, Texas!
HISTORY OF ALLEN - The Houston & Texas Central Railroad was constructed through Allen in 1872 to facilitate the transport of people and agricultural products. Allen was named for Ebenezer Allen, a former attorney general of Texas and one of the promoters of the railroad.
In 1915, the town suffered a devastating fire that destroyed most of the business district between the interurban tracts and the railroad.
Allen remained an agricultural community during the world wars and depression era.
The interurban closed in 1948 and the importance of agriculture to the economic base of Allen began to diminish after World War II.
With the relocation of high technology companies into Allen in the 1960's through the 1990's, the population has increased significantly and Allen is becoming widely known as an ideal community in which to live and work.
Where in Allen is this "piece of history" marker located??
Driving Tour of Allen The Allen Heritage Guild, along with the City of Allen, the Allen Parks and Recreation Department and the Texas Historical Commission have developed a historical driving tour of Allen.