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Posted on: August 24, 2021

Q: Which Allen Downtown restaurant location previously operated as a bed and breakfast?

Pixelated photo of a restaurant in Downtown Allen

Bonus: Can you correctly name the number of hotels Allen has now?

Hedary’s Mediterranean Restaurant now serves up Lebanese cuisine at this Queen Anne house, which was previously a B&B. Longtime residents may recall a time when it was the *only* option for out-of-town guests! Today, Allen is home to 10 hote...

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: August 18, 2021

Q: Where was Allen Public Library originally located?

exterior of Allen Public Library

Bonus points if you know the year it opened!

Allen Public Library was originally located on the second floor of the Woodman of the World building, 111-113 W. Main St. With the help of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha service organization, the library opened in 1967. Today you can visit Allen Public Library a...

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: August 11, 2021

Q: Who is the only United States President to visit Allen while in office?

Black-and-white photo of crowd gathered around an arriving train

This sitting president visited Allen in 1905.

President Theodore Roosevelt visited Allen, Texas, in 1905. To date, he's the only US President to visit Allen while in office.

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: August 4, 2021

Q: Can you name three uses of the blue house located downtown during the last 20 years?

Exterior photo of landmark blue house in Downtown Allen

This blue house at 102 S. Allen Drive has served many uses.

The house currently serves as an office for the Allen Arts Alliance. Previously it served as the Allen Senior Center and Allen Public Library.

Allen Senior Recreation Center and Allen Public Library now have facilities located in the downtown area (or the ...

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Q: What restaurant operated in this building before it was Allen Café?

Exterior photo of Allen Cafe window that reads Breakfast and Lunch Served All Summer Long

The previous restaurant was a popular stop following local high school football games.

Before it was Allen Café, this building housed a Dairy Queen. The venue was popular after the Allen Eagles football games, and many residents recall the enormous traffic jams on game nights.

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: July 21, 2021

Q: Can you name two of the oldest family businesses in Downtown Allen?

Photo of a sidewalk scape in Downtown Allen framed with trees

Not only do these businesses have charm - they're trademark pieces of Allen history!

Nestled in the heart of downtown Allen, Rodenbaugh’s has been a mainstay of the Allen business community for more than 55 years. Rodenbaugh’s opened in 1962 when the city population barely exceeded 500 people, and is considered the oldest operating busine...

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: July 21, 2021

Q: What name does the City of Allen use to define the downtown area for zoning purposes?

Screenshot of Downtown Allen area shaded on a map

You can view the area and surrounding properties on our interactive map.

The current Downtown Allen area is designated as the Central Business District, or CBD, in the City of Allen Comprehensive Plan. View the map and explore the properties that comprise this area.

The Downtown Steering Committee is including this area in thei...

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Downtown Trivia
Posted on: July 13, 2021

Q: When was the first original map of the Town of Allen filed?

Portion of the original map of Allen in black and white

BONUS: Can you also name the person who platted the map?

Theodore Kosse, Chief Engineer for the Houston and Texas Central Railway, plotted the first map for the town of Allen in 1876. The town was named for Ebenezer Allen, a former attorney general of Texas and promoter of the railroad. Kosse also worked on the...

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Downtown Trivia