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History & Nature | Visit Allen, TX CVB


Allen’s history dates back to before the 1800s when the region was inhabited by Caddo and Comanche Indian tribes who eventually migrated west as European immigrants began arriving in the 1840s.

The original township of Allen was established by the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1872 and named for Ebenezer Allen, a state politician and railroad promoter. Railroads have played an integral part in Allen’s history; in fact, the first train robbery in Texas took place in Allen on February 22, 1878, when Sam Bass and his associates pillaged the train.

Places to See

We invite you to partake in the beauty of Allen and our rich heritage by visiting the following:

Old Stone Dam
near 201 E. Exchange Pkwy.
Allen, TX 75002

Allen is also home to one of the only remaining stone dams in the United States used as a water station for the Houston & Texas Central Railway Company. The remaining site includes the stone dam, a foundation for a pump house and a foundation for a water tower which is designated by the Texas Historical Commission as a State Archaeological Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Stone Dam can be found as landmark location listed on the Allen Heritage Guild’s historical driving tour. You will have to park at either Allen Station Park and walk across Exchange Parkway or at the office park at the corner of Exchange and Andrews Parkways and hike down a paved trail to view the Old Stone Dam site.

Connemara Meadow Preserve
Corner of Alma and South Bethany Drives
Allen, TX 75013

Private conservation lands open periodically for public events, the Connemara Meadow Preserve offers a refreshing walk in wide-open spaces of a beautiful meadow, rich in floral diversity that is reminiscent of the tall grass Blackland Prairie that once existed in this region.

Allen Heritage Center

100 E. Main
Allen, TX 75002

The Allen Heritage Center is a replica of the 1918 Houston & Texas Central Railway Company depot and the perfect stop for visitors with an interest in history. Events and exhibits are hosted by the Allen Heritage Guild throughout the year. The Center is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month and group tours are available by appointment. 

Allen Heritage Village
450 E. St. Mary
Allen, TX 75002

Several of Allen's oldest remaining homes and outbuildings and two well-preserved churches were relocated to central land in Allen's old residential area and restored. Allen Heritage Village is a cooperative project between the City of Allen and the Allen Heritage Guild. This is a favorite location for small weddings and receptions.

Allen Veteran's Memorial
1201 E. Bethany Dr.
Allen, TX 75002

The Allen Veteran's Memorial honors members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, both past and present, with five 18-foot granite monoliths surrounding a 65-foot American flag pole with bench seating. 

Historic Driving Tour
With 15 historical stops around Allen, the Allen Heritage Guild has organized a driving tour of the city that includes many of the historic homes and locations that have shaped Allen.