Located just 20 miles north of downtown Dallas, Plano is the largest city in Collin County. It covers 71.5 square miles and has a population of 237,950. Plano combines the old with the new and with many historical sites and lovely Victorian homes. The Downtown area possesses a shopping atmosphere unique in Plano. The new can be found throughout Plano, but especially in the Legacy Coordinator where many Fortune 500 corporations, such as J. C. Penney, EDS, Frito-Lay and Fina have chosen to relocate.

Plano residents enjoy a high quality of life. The city features 85 public parks, encompassing more than 3,600 acres, three public libraries with more than 354,000 volumes, three public golf courses, five public swimming pools and dozens of athletic facilities. Plano also draws more than 300,000 visitors annually for the Plano Balloon Festival. The average sales price for a home in Plano is $236,200, but some homes sell for over $4 million.

History

In 1846, William Foreman bought Peter’s Colony land from Sanford Beck and settled a half-mile northeast of Plano. Plano’s birth was due in part to the enterprises of the Foreman family. Mr. Foreman erected a sawmill and gristmill that would be in demand by his neighbors. Later a store and gin were added and these facilities attracted other settlers to the area. Mail service was established around 1850 and William Foreman’s home became the unofficial post office. The scattered settlements had now become a closer community and needed a name. The name Plano was suggested and was understood to mean “plain” (to describe the surrounding terrain) in Spanish. Postal authorities approved the name and Plano became the name of the community. By the 1960s, the growth of both Dallas to the south and the success of several large high-technology firms began to make their influence felt on the local economy and city planners began making preparations for the growth they believed was inevitable. When the U.S. population began its historic shift in the 1970s, Plano welcomed newcomers with open arms and this resulted in Plano being one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas and the U.S.

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