Texas Lakes Trail Region

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Allen: Allen Water Station

Allen Water Station Bridge


  • 201 E. Exchange Parkway
  • Allen, Texas
  • 75002



  • Free


Allen is home to the only known stone dam in the United States, which was used for transportation purposes. The 1874 Stone Dam created a source of water for the Houston & Texas Central Railway Company’s steam locomotives between Dallas and Denison, greatly contributing to the growth and prosperity of the region from the 1870s until steam locomotives were replaced by diesel engines.

After two creekbank stabilization projects to preserve Allen’s 1874 Stone Dam and years of research by the Allen Heritage Guild and City of Allen staff, construction of an interpretive trail through Allen's Historic Houston & Texas Central Railway Water Station within Allen Station Park was completed in March 2017. Features include preservation of Allen’s 1874 Stone Dam, pump facility ruins and water tower foundations, along with a new destination bridge, interpretative trails and signage, overlooks, enhanced trail access and trailhead improvements within Allen Station Park.

The Allen Water Station was designated as a Texas State Archaeological Landmark in 2001 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. Preservation Texas awarded the Allen Water Station project the prestigious 2017 Honor Award for restoration of the 1874 Stone Dam in February 2017. The Collin County Historical Commission awarded the City of Allen Parks and Recreation Department their Leadership in Preservation Award in April 2017. Please view the Allen Water Station Interpretive Trail ribbon cutting, which was held April 1, 2017 to learn more about the area.

Access the dam from the trailhead in Allen Station Park, just south of Exchange Parkway near the intersection of Exchange Parkway and Cedar Drive.


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