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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.

Allen is also home to what is thought to be the last remaining stone dam in the U.S., which was once used as a water station for the H&TC railway. The Texas Historical Commission recognizes the remaining site – which includes the dam and pump house and water tower foundations – as a State Archaeological Landmark.

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 and hike down a paved trail to view the Old Stone Dam site.

One of Allen's most recognizable landmarks, the Old Stone Dam, will undergo a process to reduce the damaging effects of erosion. The existing gabion wall, large baskets of stone used to stabilize the creek bank, has become unstable. An enhanced gabion wall will be installed to stretch downstream and help stop future erosion. Construction on the State Archaeological Landmark is expected to begin later this summer.

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. Operating hours are on Saturdays and Sundays, 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 a well-preserved church 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.

Allen Veterans Memorial
1201 E. Bethany Dr.
Allen, TX 75002

The Allen Veterans 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.