Introduction to Allen, Texas
Allen, Texas, in Collin county, is 6 miles N of Plano, Texas (center to center) and 22 miles N of Dallas, Texas. The city is regarded as a suburb of Dallas. Allen was ranked 20th in the Money Magazine list of the "Best Places to Live in 2008." It's situated near the notable Telecom Corridor. Residence have easy access to regional transportation. High-tech, defense, telecommunications and medical are some of the city's prominent industries.
The Caddo and Comanche Indians were the original inhabitants. Non-natives began to arrive in the 1840's and the Indians moved westward as the settlers arrived. Allen was part of the Peter's Colony Land Grant. The city was named in tribute to Ebenezer Allen, a former Attorney General for the state of Texas. In 1872 the Houston and Texas Central Railroad arrived. One of the first Texas train robberies occurred in Allen in 1878. The city was incorporated in 1953. Beginning with the late 1960's the population increased substantially.
- Montgomery Farm includes upscale restaurants and shopping locations.
- Allen Historic Dam.
- Allen Philharmonic Symphony.
- Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium.
- John Clark Field.
- Heard Natural Science Museum.
- Collin County History Museum.
Nearby activities and attractions include the Heritage Farmstead Museum which features a Victorian farmhouse and other historic buildings. The county features two hot air balloon festivals. The Rounup on the Range is a poplar event. The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve includes a trail that traverses through scenic meadows and passes by waterfalls. It features a variety of wildlife and picnic areas. Lake Lavon provides opportunities for boating, swimming and camping.
Allen has an extensive hiking and nature trail system and numerous recreational facilities. Residents enjoy the Joe Farmer Recreation Center. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the numerous golf courses in the area including the Chase Oaks, Ridgeview Ranch and the Plantation golf clubs.