Preserving & Promoting Allen's Heritage and Spirit...
Come and learn more about the founding pioneers of the Allen area.
The Allen Heritage Guild is hosting a "Pioneer Social" on Sunday, April 27, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Allen Heritage Center/Depot. This celebration will kick off the opening of our new exhibit Gone to Texas.
Early pioneer families have been researched by Guild members and the display will show the results of this research. The focus will be the 1857 diary of Mary Susannah Lunsford in which she tells of the family trip from Kentucky to the Allen area. Many maps and pictures will be on display along with the research.
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.