This is a bio on our speaker for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Depot. We hope to see you there.
Allen Mesch is an author, educator, and historian. Allen teaches classes on the Civil War at Collin College. He has visited over 132 Civil War sites and shares his over 4,000 photographs through his web site Civil War Journeys http://www.civil-war-journeys.org. Mr. Mesch writes a Civil War blog called Salient Points http://salient-points.blogspot.comand reviews books for the Civil War Courier. Allen earned a masters degree from MIT and his bachelors from Clarkson University. Please see Allen's web site, www.AllenMesch.com, for more information.
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.