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ANNA, TEXAS

Collin County, Central Texas North

33 21' 1" N, 96 33' 3" W (33.350278, -96.550833)
Highway 5, FM 455
11 miles NE of McKinney the county seat
Population: 8,249 (2010) 1225 (2000) 904 (1990)

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Anna Texas cornfield
Cornfield
Photo courtesy James Nelms, 2012

History in a Pecan Shell

Early settlement occurred in the mid 1840s but it wasn't until after the Civil War when storekeeper John L. Greer opened the community's first business. The railroad (The Houston and Texas Central) arrived in 1873 but the town wasn't platted for ten more years. The post office was granted in 1880 when there were only 20 people living here. The population was nearing 200 by 1890 and reached 538 by the late 1920s.

Naming of Anna
There's some question over the origin of the town's name. It could have been John Greer's daughter or the daughter of railroad official George Quinlan. A third story has Anna Quinlan being married to George Quinlan and being the daughter of John Greer. The fourth (and thankfully the last) story says that Anna was Anna Huntington, the daughter of man who built the short-lived Dallas-Denison railroad.
First Christian Church, Anna Texas

First Christian Church
Photo courtesy James Nelms, 2012

First Methodist Church in Anna Texas

First Methodist Church in Anna
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
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Anna Texas wter tower

Anna Water Tower
Photo courtesy James Nelms, 2012
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Anna Texas

Along the Railroad Tracks
Photo courtesy James Nelms, 2012

Beech-Nut sliced bacon ghost sign
Ghost sign "Beech-Nut Sliced Bacon"
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, 9-04
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Store in Anna, Texas
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, 9-04
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