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Allen – Texas: Best Place to Live

Allen Texas – a town for your family and your business!

Prior to the arrival of the European and American immigrants into the Allen area, Caddo and Comanche Indian tribes inhabited the region. The Indian tribes migrated westward as the early settlers entered the area. The tribes were eventually removed to the Indian territory to the north of the Red River. One of the last known conflicts between the early settlers and the Indians took place in 1844 along Rowlett Creek near the existing railroad. A historic marker along SH 5 near Rowlett Creek commemorates the event.

Allen was part of the Peter’s Colony Land Grant from the Republic of Texas to the Texas Emigration & Land Company

The Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC), constructed through Allen in 1872, laid out the original township of Allen. The H&TC was acquired by J.P. Morgan & Company in1877 and by the Southern Pacific in 1883. In 1918, the H&TC erected a combination freight/passenger depot in the Allen Central Business District.

The first train robbery in Texas took place in Allen on February 22, 1878, when Sam Bass and his associates pillaged the train. Allen was a short ride from their hideouts in the Elm Trinity brush land.

The town was officially incorporated in 1953. Home Rule Status was adopted in 1979 with a Council/Manager form of government. The construction of US 75 in 1960 had a similar impact on Allen’s future as the railroad almost a century before. In the 1980’s, Developmental Learning Materials and InteCom, Inc. relocated to Allen, leading the way for further corporate startups and relocations.

 

Schools

Public Schools Grades K – 12

Allen Independent School District (ISD)
Allen ISD offers a diversified curriculum with 15 elementary schools, three middle schools, a freshman center and a high school. The high school campus (582,000 square feet) features an on-site Collin County Community College campus.

Lovejoy Independent School District (ISD)
Lovejoy ISD is located on Country Club Road, three miles east of Allen and about 25 miles north of Dallas, in the fast-developing region of central Collin County. The district covers the area of approximately 19 square miles, bound by Plano ISD on the south, Allen ISD on the west and McKinney ISD on the north. Lovejoy ISD is currently responsible for the education of over 2,000 students. Since 1917 Lovejoy has served the residents of Fairview, Lucas and other surrounding neighborhoods.

Plano Independent School District (ISD)
Plano ISD serves the residents of approximately 100 square miles in southwest Collin County. This area includes 66 square miles in the City of Plano, with the balance including northern portions of the cities of Dallas and Richardson and parts of the cities of Allen, Parker and Murphy.

Dining and Shopping

There are multiple places for dining in Allen, not high end or ultra  expensive. There 3 local places to mention: Matt’s Rancho Martines – Tex-Mex; The Blue Fish – Japanese/Sushi; La Duni Latin Kitchen – Latin/South American.

Of course there are many other that you have seen already somewhere else: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse; Logan’s Roadhouse; Olive Garden, Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food.

As about shopping, the No. 1 attraction and shopping place is The Village at Allen and Fairview. No. 2 is Allen Premium Outlets.

Entertainment

There is not a lot of regular night life in Allen, but there many other things to do. There are still things to do:

Allen Event Center
Top concerts, comedy tours, family ice shows and more – Allen Event Center hosts more than 150 events throughout the year in the 7,100 seat, state-of-the-art facility

Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus
The Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus performs at various venues around Allen and hosts a full concert season with selections that promise to inspire music lovers of all ages.

Summer Sounds Concert Series
The concert series features six different concerts on consecutive Monday nights from mid-May through mid-June. The music ranges from tropical sounds, to rocking country, to contemporary pop hits and more. All concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m. Light concessions and snow cones are available for purchase. Ground blanket seating is preferred so that concert-goers of all ages can enjoy the best line of sight.

Market Street Allen USA Celebration
There is truly something for everyone at the Market Street Allen USA Celebration, held annually on the last Saturday in June. In addition to a nationally recognized music artist performing on the main stage, all of your favorite festival foods and snacks, inflatables and interactive games for children to enjoy, the evening culminates with one of the largest fireworks shows in North Texas!

Parks and Recreation

Celebration Park

One of the largest handicap accessible playgrounds and spray grounds in Texas, kidMania features a series of brightly colored play stations and activities. The spray ground offers a fun way to cool off during warmer months. Celebration Park also includes covered pavilions, picnic tables, barbecue grills, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts, and hike and bike trails

Allen Community Ice Rink

Take a spin on the ice during open skate times. The Allen Community Ice Rink features a full-sized state-of-the-art ice surface, spectator bleachers, and party rooms. Locker rooms, an equipment shop and meeting rooms complete the facility.

The Courses at Watters Creek

The Courses at Watters Creek is the newest, most fun and challenging golf experience in North Texas. As you might have guessed from the name, The Courses at Watters Creek is not just one course but a venue that includes multiple courses designed by 10-time PGA Tour and Champion’s Tour winner, D.A. Weibring. The Courses aren’t just for pros! With an 18-hole, nine-hole and six-hole course, there are enough options that players of all skill levels will find a good challenge.

Commute

From Allen is easy access to Dallas  and all metropolitan area via US 75 and TX 121 (Tollway).

Commute drive time from Allen to few destinations in the area:

Downtown Dallas: 25 miles – 30 minutes
DFW Airport: 35 miles -41 minutes
Legacy Business Center: 14 miles – 24 minutes
North Dallas Business Center: 18 miles – 22 minutes
Downtown Forth Worth: 54 miles – 61 min

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