PLANO

Population 136,340

Altitude 655



General

First settled in 1845; named Fillmore for Millard Fillmore. Name changed in 1851 when post office was granted. In 1881 most of the city was destroyed by fire. Another major fire in 1895 also destroyed many businesses. With the growth of nearby Dallas, city grew from 3,695 in 1960 to 72,331 in 1980. Many early buildings survived and are described in historical guides available at the Chamber of Commerce. Historic downtown with brick streets has undergone a revitalization project with brick sidewalks, turn-of-the-century lampposts, and plaza to enhance specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.

City has become known as "Balloon Capital of Texas" with hot air balloon races scheduled last weekend in Sept. Large arts & crafts fair held in conjunction with balloon festival.

FAIRVIEW FARMS

HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM (FARRELL-WILSON FARMSTEAD

INTERURBAN RAILWAY STATION MUSEUM

J C PENNEY MUSEUM

MOUNTASIA FANTASY GOLF

PARKS

SOUTHFORK RANCH



Attractions

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