Plano has become an affluent hub for many large corporate headquarters including Cinemark Theatres, Dell Services, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Ericsson, Frito Lay, J. C. Penny, Pizza Hut and more recently State Farm Insurance and Toyota Motors USA.
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Past and Present
Plano is a principal city in the U.S. state of Texas, located mostly within Collin County, but with a small portion that extends into Denton County, twenty miles northeast of downtown Dallas. The city's population was 269,776 at the 2010 census,
In the early 1840's European settlers came to the area near what is now Plano. Construction of a sawmill, gristmill and a store began to attract more people to the area. A mail service was eventually established and after rejecting several names for the town the residents suggested the name Plano the Spanish word for flat) due to the flat local terrain. The name was accepted by the post office. The completion of the Houston and Central Texas Railway in 1872 contributed to the town's growth and it was incorporated in 1873. In 1881 A fire destroyed most of the business district but the town rebuilt and flourished.
Plano grew slowly at first but around 1970 the city began to feel some of the boom its neighbors had experienced after World War II. During the 1980s, several large corporations began moving headquarters to the city, including J. C. Penney and Frito-Lay, which encouraged further growth. In 1994, the city was recognized as an All-America City. You don't have to travel far in Plano to enjoy parks or recreation, dining, shopping or entertainment.
The Plano Independent School District serves most of Plano with small portions served by Frisco ISD, Lewisville ISD and Allen ISD. There are 16 private schools and 2 campuses of the Collin County Community College (Collin College)