Preserving & Promoting Allen's Heritage and Spirit...
The Allen Heritage Guild is celebrating 20 years of Preserving Allen's History, 1996-2016!
On Tuesday evening at the City Council meeting, the Mayor presented a proclamation highlighting accomplishments the Guild has done over the years and declaring January 2016 "Allen Heritage Guild Month."
A celebratory reception will be held at the Heritage Center Depot Museum Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. A brief program will be held at 4:30 p.m.
Proclamation - Mayor Steve Terrell, Jitka Hynecek, Anne Gifford, Paula Ross, Ed Topfer, Bonnie Borrello, Ken Byler
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).
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PHOTOS OF NEW CONSTRUCTION AT THE HERITAGE VILLAGE.
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.