Allen Water Station

  • Also Known As: HandTC Railway Water Station

  • Address: N of Exchange Pkwy
  • Vicinity: E of Hwy 75, on Cottonwood Creek, Allen Station Park
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

The Allen Water Station (H&TC Railway Water Station) in Allen, Collin County, Texas, is a district containing structures and ruins of structures built by the Houston & Texas Central (H&TC) Railway Company beginning in 1874. Typical of 19th century water stations maintained by railroad companies, the Allen Water Station featured a dependable water source, a pump facility, a network of water pipes, and a rail side water tank. The district today contains the archaeological and architectural remains of all its former facilities and is currently open to the public as a local heritage park that highlights the important role that the H&TC railroad played in late 19th century commerce, transportation and settlement in North Texas. The most visible component today is its 1874 stone dam extended across Cottonwood Creek, which created the water supply critical for operating the station. Other recognizable components in the immediate vicinity are the stone masonry architectural footings of a rail-side water tank and the brick and concrete ruins of a second-generation pumping facility. The site retains a good degree of integrity, despite the loss of some of its wooden structures, because enough archeological components remain to provide information about the site's original layout and use. - NRHP, 25 February 2008



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1874/00/00 Houston and Texas Central Railroad Company Owner Stone dam (actually a overfall dam or weir) is built by Houston and Texas Central Railway Company
1910/00/00 American Bridge Company Engineer Railroad Bridge over Cottonwood Creek is built
1912/00/00 Southern Pacific Transportation Company Owner Southern Pacific enlarges the water system, constructing a concrete dam. Razed in the 1960s when the Exchange Pkwy is constructed, foundation of water tower remain.

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Particulars for Allen Water Station:
Structure type Bridge
Area of Significance Exploration-settlement
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Railroad
Area of Significance Transportation
Historic Use Water Works

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 09000980
Resource Type:
Owner: Local
Architect: Houston Texas Central RR Co.; Southern Pacific RR
Architectural Style: Other, No style listed
Attribute: Dam, Bridge
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Transportation, Exploration-settlement
Applicable Criteria: Event
Significant Year: 1874, 1910
Historic Function: Transportation, Industry, processing, extraction
Historic Sub-Function: Rail-related, Water works
Current Function: Landscape, Transportation, Vacant, not in use, Industry, processing, extraction
Current Sub-Function: Rail-related Water works Park

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