"Balloon Capitol of Texas" Plano by DEBBBEDB

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Plano's nickname is the Balloon Capital of Texas because each September it hosts balloon races. There is one daily newspaper, the Plano Daily Star Courier, and one radio station. In 2000 Plano had 7,726 businesses and 222,030 inhabitants. It also has corporate headquarters for a number of corporations including the one that my husband works for.

According to the Handbook of Texas, in 1852 the town considered Forman (for one of the early settlers) and Fillmore (for President Millard Fillmore), as possible names, but they were not approved as names. Dr. Henry Dye suggested Plano, Spanish for "flat," because he thought it meant "plain".

  • Last visit to Plano: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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