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Plano C of C002aThe completion of Highway 75 brought many changes to Plano. Highway 75 connected McKinney to Dallas and included Plano. New subdivisions were being built near Plano High School now Williams High School. People from Dallas wanted to move to a quieter area to live and picked Plano. Most of the streets were paved in 1925. 15th Ave. was widened in 1959 for a smooth flow of traffic to get to 75. The first zoning ordinances began in August 1956 to help with the haphazard placement of businesses and residences. New boundaries were created for appropriate land uses.

The city marshal was the only law enforcement until 1957 when the Police Department was organized. The mayor was still the recorder of citations to traffic violators and misdemeanor cases. He would receive a portion of the fines he assessed. In 1959, Mayor David McCall, Jr. saw that this was an obsolete system and created an ordinance creating the position of the first corporation court judge. Attorney Byron Schaff was the first judge and paid a salary. In 1961, the home rule City Charter was adopted. This made Plano on par with other major cities in Texas.

The City of Plano population in 1870 was 155. Between 1870 and 1950, it fluctuated from 1000 to 2000. People moved into and out of Plano during this time. The population began to increase from the 1960s once Highway 75 was built. In 1960 the population was 3,695 and was known as the fastest growing city of Collin County. By 1970, the population had increased 384% from 1960 to 17,872. There was another 304% growth over the next 10 years to 72,331 in 1980. By the year 2000 the population was 222,030. During the 1960s and 1970s the city council and school board were working very hard to keep up with the demands for school buildings, roads, water and sewers, and so much more. New businesses were moving into the area. This growth caused the boundaries of Plano to grow from the east side of 75 to the west and further north and south.

The Genealogy Center has many documents, books, and photographs to give you an idea of the growth and life in Plano and Collin County. Be sure to visit the Haggard Library and come downstairs to see the Genealogy Center. Many items can be viewed online at Collin County Images, http://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/.

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