Hidden History of Plano

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Did you know that Plano once had a winning semipro baseball team? And its own university, boasting a pagoda imported from Malaysia? Or that the city once proudly proclaimed itself the “Mule Capital of the World”? Meet the Native American Planoite who walked in space, the African American entrepreneur who prospered in Jim Crow Texas and the man behind the “mystery stone” uncovered in the Collinwood House. Visit a military tank, a five-hundred-year-old tree and the pioneer cemetery started by a smallpox epidemic. From the town’s contributions to World War II to the secrets lurking beneath Collin Creek Mall, unlock the astonishingly large storehouse of Plano’s hidden history.
ISBN: 9781467142946
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Series: Hidden History
Images: 78
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Mary Jacobs is producer of Plano Podcast and a freelance writer who writes regularly for the Dallas Morning News, the Silver Century and other outlets. Mary was one of the founding organizers of TEDxPlano in 2014 and served as a speaker in 2017. In 2018, The History Press published Mary’s first book, Haunted Plano, Texas. Jeff Campbell is director of the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation. He writes about Plano history for Plano magazine and also coauthored Football and Integration in Plano, Texas: Stay in There, Wildcats! (The History Press, 2014) and Plano’s Historic Cemeteries (Arcadia Publishing, 2014). Jeff has worked on historic preservation projects in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. He serves on the board of the Texas Chapter of the Association of Gravestone Studies and on the advisory board of Texas Dance Hall Preservation and is a chapter representative for the Forest Fire Lookout Association. Cheryl Smith is a public services librarian with the Plano Public Library. Through her library work as a genealogy research expert, she has helped make Collin County historic images and documents available for public viewing online and has transcribed many of the handwritten documents, diaries and notes in the Plano Public Library collections, including those of the Plano Volunteer Fire Department and the Thursday Study Club.
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