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Early settlers outside of Dallas decided to call their new home Plano, which means "flat" in Spanish. They initially sought the area for its sawmill and gristmill in 1840.
Once the town built a mail service and general store, more residents moved to Plano. A sawmill, mail service and general store are the equivalent of a shopping mall and corporate park in the contemporary United States.
The highest influx of Modern residents occurred in 1872. The construction of the Houston-Texas Railroad brought jobs and additional consumer goods to the area. After a fire in 1881, the population growth became considerably gradual.
However, the 21st century effect of suburban sprawl instantaneously accelerated the population. It reached a record of more than 222,030 full-time residents. There were fewer places to live in Dallas and Plano was one of the only suburbs with undeveloped land.
Plano is today a budding small city with a variety of attractions. A dedicated performing arts commission, historical district, ranches, and major industrial complexes enliven the town.
It offers nearly the same sights and travel experiences as Dallas. Plano is just a little more laidback and maintains an "at home" feel. Yet, there are always some fascinating secrets in this town for the avid tourist.