Exploring Plano’s Markers Part 5: Plano’s Next Proposed Site on the National Register of Historic Places

Welcome back to our blog series! This will be the final post in this series, and we’ll be looking at what will (hopefully!) be the newest site added to the National Register of Historic Places in Plano. If you enjoyed this series, please let us know with a like, share, comment, or all three! If you have any ideas for another blog series you’d like to read or something you would like to know more about, shoot us a email and we’ll keep it in mind.

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Exploring Plano’s Markers Part 4: The National Register of Historic Places in Plano

Welcome to Part Four of our ongoing series on historical markers in Plano! To recap we have discussed the eligibility criteria under various designations in Part One, explored a couple of Collin County markers outside of Plano and a couple possible sites in Plano in Part Two, and provided a list of Texas historical markers as well as discussing two markers in Plano last week in Part Three.

This week we’ve finally made it to the big time – the National Register of Historic Places. Since there are so few national sites located in Plano, this week’s post will go over all three places registered: the Plano Station, Plano Downtown Historic District, and the Ammie Wilson House, located at the Heritage Farmstead.

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Exploring Plano’s Historical Markers Part 3: Texas Historic Markers in Plano

In part two of this series we began talking about historical markers in Collin County. Though there are no current county markers within Plano, we discussed a few notable sites in neighboring towns and a couple of recommended places in Plano that may be eligible for county markers. Though there are no county markers, Plano has an abundance of state markers!

Texas historical markers can be either: a subject marker, a Historic Texas Cemetery marker, or a Texas Historic Landmark marker. In total Plano has 22 sites with state markers. In part three of this series we are diving into a little bit of history with a few of these sites, discussing their inaccuracies, and providing access to a list of all the sites and their marker information.

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Exploring Plano’s Markers Part 2: Collin County Historical Markers

In the first post of this series we went over the differences between county, state, and national levels of historical landmark listings. Thanks for wading through all the technical jargon with us! We promise the remaining posts will be more interesting and relevant to Plano.

Today we will look at county historical markers, and while we’d would love to tell you all about the interesting county markers in Plano.. there aren’t any! Instead we will take a look at some other markers elsewhere in Collin County and some possible Plano sites that could be registered with the Collin County Historical Commission.

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Exploring Plano’s Historical Markers – Part 1

What Makes a Historical Place?

In the City of Plano there are many different historical sites and buildings. Some have markers, but not all have the same kind of markers or the same designation. What’s the difference, you might ask? Some of these places are designated state historical places, some are national historic places, and some are both!

In this multi-part series we will talk about the differences between county, state, national historical designations, as well as the state and national historic sites that have been recognized in Plano. We’ll also share a special project we are currently working on to add another important Plano site to the National Register of Historic Places. Continue reading “Exploring Plano’s Historical Markers – Part 1”

Plano’s Iron Lung

As the Plano Public Library Genealogy Center has been transcribing the Plano Fire Department minutes from 1940-1955, it has discovered the department wanted an Iron Lung for emergencies in 1947. The Iron Lung would be used for the Plano community for transporting a polio victim to the hospital.

On February 4, 1947 the Plano Fire Department had a demonstration of the Iron Lung by Mr. W. T. Nickerson of Dallas. He “gave a very interesting and instructive demonstration with an iron lung. Dr. Thompson attended the demonstration”. The Plano Fire Department met in a special called meeting on Monday night February 17th for the purpose of selecting a committee to solicit funds from the merchants of Plano to purchase an Iron Lung for the community of Plano. After some discussion, Chief Standifer appointed Homer Horton as chairman. His assistance helped to solicit the necessary funds to purchase the Iron Lung as soon as possible. Fireman Horton had help from E. J. Baxter, R. B. Howey, and Dr. O. T. Mitchell to solicit the money.

Iron Lung and firemen

On March 4th, the Department was drilled on how to operate Iron Lung. Each member took part in a drill. During the meeting, Chairman Homer Horton of the Iron Lung committee reported that all the necessary funds had been obtained, $1,209, to purchase the Iron Lung for the community of Plano. The money had been turned over to the secretary with a list of the names of donor’s and amount given. It was requested that donor’s name and amount to be written into the minute book of the Department. He said the full amount was obtained by the committee in about 6 hours from the Plano community.

Fire Dept Ledger 1940 - 1956-0118

The Plano Star Courier is not available for 1947. The minutes of the Fire Department is the only way we know of this wonderful contribution the people of Plano made to help acquire the Iron Lung to be used for emergencies. They raised more than $1209. They spent $27 to buy large rubber bands for the iron lung. (The extra money was probably used to purchase the rubber bands. The large rubber sealers were used on the iron lung.) Following the purchase of the Iron Lung, the department was drilled often on using it. During one of the practice sessions the Boy Scouts of America in Plano were allowed to attend and learn about the iron lung.

Be sure to check the Collin County Images- Plano Fire Department Collection , as we add historical photographs and documents throughout the year.  The items will cover the Volunteer Fire Department and when it became the official city department. You could also come visit the Genealogy Center at the Haggard Library to learn more!

Cheryl Smith Author