Allen has something for everyone with four premier shopping destinations, an award winning golf course, a 7,000 seat arena and numerous restaurants. Residents are proud of their friendly community, exceptional schools, excellent city services and nationally recognized parks and recreation program.
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Past and Present
Allen is an affluent city in Collin County, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 84,246 but as of 2015 had risen to over 90,000.
Before settlers arrived the Allen area was inhabited by the Caddo and Comanche tribes. In the early 1840's American and European immigrants arrived and the tribes migrated west and later they were roved to an area north of the Red River. The town of Allen was located along the Houston and Texas Central Railroad and in 1972 was named for Ebenezer Allen, a state politician and railroad promoter. In 1878 the first train robbery in Texas took place in Allen at the hands of Sam Bass and gang. Allen was not far from the gang's hideout in the Elm Trinity brush lands.
The Allen Independent School District ) serves almost all of Allen with small portions of the Allen city limits extend into Lovejoy, McKinney, and Plano ISDs. Allen High School's football team has won the 5A Div 1 state championship on multiple occasions. The award winning Allen Eagle Escadrille, Allen High School's marching band with more than 750 members has participated in the 1994 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, the 1995 and 1999 Texas Gubernatorial Parades, the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and marched in the 117th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on January 2, 2006 and 2016