Interurban Railway Museum

Interurban Railway Museum Located in downtown Plano, the Interurban Railway Museum is housed in a building that served as a primary stop on the Texas Electric Railway.

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., along with the City of Plano, maintains the Interurban Railway Museum and has implemented projects to improve the exhibits at the museum. The City of Plano owns the museum. The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. staffs, operates and offices there and has been instrumental in developing and maintaining the museum and its exhibits. INTERURBAN HISTORY If you were fortunate enough to live in Plano between 1908 and 1948, then you most likely had an opportunity to experience the rollicking, clickity clack sway of riding on a Texas Electric Railway Interurban Car. This second generation of rail transportation extended from Denison to Waco, with connections to Fort Worth, Cleburne, and Denton possible through the “hub” station in Dallas. Rail transportation powered by steam first arrived in Plano in 1872 and forever changed the agrarian lifestyle of early settlers who had traveled to this area by covered wagon. While steam engines guaranteed the survival and likelihood of growth to a community and transported farm crops to distant locations, the laborious process of producing enough steam to drive the train forward limited the frequency of stops along a line. In the late 1880′s ingenious inventors discovered the wonder of electricity and devised ways to harness this marvel into driving trolley cars previously drawn by mules or horses. ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE Entrepreneurs, capitalizing on ways to market this new transportation, developed systems throughout the United States that connected small towns and outlying farms to a large, regional city. Overnight, farming families isolated from society by distance had easy and affordable access to opportunities and amenities available to urban populations. Located in downtown Plano, the Texas Electric Railway Station served as an early form of the Internet bringing people, goods, newspapers with worldwide coverage, and traveling salesmen together in a timely fashion. A contract signed with the United States Post Office in 1914 permitted mail to be carried and delivered to the many towns along the line via the Texas Electric Railway System. Three interurban cars were refitted with bins, sorting tables, mail slots and cancellation stamps enabling two postal employees, in a secured rear compartment, to process mail as the car traveled north and south on its daily schedule. CONNECTING PAST TO PRESENT The Interurban building in Plano was also an electric sub-station that converted the high voltage alternating current to direct current in order to power the line. This is the only remaining sub-station example on the Interurban line, which served as a primary stop on the Texas Electric Railway, linking Denison and Dallas beginning in 1908. The Interurban’s impact on rural life was dramatic as it ended the isolation of distant farm families. Not only did it bring the mail, salesmen and new products to small towns and their stores, but it gave rural residents a means to explore the bright lights and big city cheaply and safely. Trains ran hourly from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The advent of the automobile contributed to the closing of the Plano station on December 31, 1948, when the Denison to Dallas Interurban made its last run. The building was used in a variety of ways until 1982. It was then closed until 1990, when a complete restoration of the building was completed by the City of Plano. The dedication of this Texas Historical Landmark was held on June 17, 1991 and was opened to the public as a museum.

Car 360 just hit an internal temperature of 100º! Our docents will not be giving train tours at these temperatures, so ...
07/10/2019

Car 360 just hit an internal temperature of 100º! Our docents will not be giving train tours at these temperatures, so please plan your summertime visits to the #InterurbanRailwayMuseum for mornings or cooler days to avoid this inconvenience 🥵

🇺🇸ANNOUNCEMENT🇺🇸The Interurban Railway Museum will be OPEN on Thursday, July 4th from 10am to 5pm!
07/02/2019

🇺🇸ANNOUNCEMENT🇺🇸

The Interurban Railway Museum will be OPEN on Thursday, July 4th from 10am to 5pm!

🚨TINY TRAIN CONCERT🚨
06/06/2019
The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.

🚨TINY TRAIN CONCERT🚨

If you missed it last time, now is your chance to experience a free, intimate tiny train concert right here in Downtown Plano. On Monday, June 10, renowned blues musician #AnsonFunderburgh will serenade Plano on Railcar 360 at the Interurban Railway Museum from 9:30-10:00 am.

05/29/2019

The Museum will be closing at 1:15pm today to ensure our staff can get home safely before the storms 🌪️ Be safe out there #PlanoTX!

Interurban Railway Museum's cover photo
05/28/2019

Interurban Railway Museum's cover photo

Another awesome graduate of our Internship Program, Sydney Landers!"Presented a poster about my internship experience at...
04/19/2019

Another awesome graduate of our Internship Program, Sydney Landers!

"Presented a poster about my internship experience at the Interurban Railway Museum this past summer at the BDP Poster session today! It was my first poster session and was super exciting to meet & hear about other individuals’ experiences in the Museum Studies program."

Coming soon to a computer screen near you...
04/18/2019

Coming soon to a computer screen near you...

Big News!

This February our intern Hunter went to College Park, Maryland for the 2019 Small Museum Association Conference. Check o...
04/12/2019
Intern Blog Post: Hunter at the Small Museums Conference

This February our intern Hunter went to College Park, Maryland for the 2019 Small Museum Association Conference. Check out this blog post she wrote about her experience there:

interurbanrailwaymuseum.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/intern-blog-post-hunter-at-the-small-museums-conference/

Hunter describes her experience at the 2019 Small Museums Conference in College Park, Maryland.

Our recently rewritten Plano history exhibit is back! Learn about Plano's journey from prairies to prosperity, and the p...
04/11/2019

Our recently rewritten Plano history exhibit is back! Learn about Plano's journey from prairies to prosperity, and the people who have called Plano their home 🏡

It's #PlanoWineWalk season!!! 💃🍷We will be open tomorrow from 10 AM to 9 PM, straight through the day and into the...
04/10/2019

It's #PlanoWineWalk season!!! 💃🍷

We will be open tomorrow from 10 AM to 9 PM, straight through the day and into the night for the Wine Walk in #DowntownPlano!

P.S. Everyone is welcome @ the museum, even if they're not participating in the Wine Walk 👥

RB2-Photography
03/28/2019

RB2-Photography

Woody Lee did a pop up concert at #interurbanrailwaymuseum today.
#blackandwhitephotography #concertphotography #htbarp #naturallight #sonyalpha #sigma1835art #loveplano @ Interurban Railway Museum

03/28/2019
Plano Arts & Events

Plano Arts & Events

Tiny pop-up concert in the railcar at Interurban Railway Museum - Plano, Texas with Woody Lee! Join us! City of Plano, Texas Government

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.
03/15/2019

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.

Today we mourn the passing of a great Texan, Gene Edwards. Gene was one of Plano’s pioneers of Historic Preservation, and was instrumental in “saving” the George House, which used to be on the current site of Plano City Hall and she was also instrumental in preserving the Texas Electric Railway Plano Station at Haggard Park.

Gene and Jim Edwards ( Mayor of Plano for two terms from 1978 – 1982) owned the “famed” Carpenter "Edwards" House at 1211 16th Street – which was the home of Plano’s first Mayor, Gip Carpenter, and served as a big wedding venue in the 1990's – 2000's.

Gene was also was Chairman of the Plano Parks Board in the 1980’s and was the first chairman of the Plano Historical Commission, as sub- committee of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

In lieu of flowers, the Family is requesting that donations be made to American Cancer Society and to the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation in honor of Imogene (‘Gene) Jackson Edwards.



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Interurban Railway Museum's cover photo
03/12/2019

Interurban Railway Museum's cover photo

Join us tomorrow for Children's Storytime and an announcement about #SpringBreak2019 next week! Visit DFW Visit Plano Pl...
03/07/2019

Join us tomorrow for Children's Storytime and an announcement about #SpringBreak2019 next week! Visit DFW Visit Plano Plano Moms

Today we enjoyed giving tours to the kiddos and parents of Plano West Early Learning Center! Thanks and see you next yea...
02/28/2019

Today we enjoyed giving tours to the kiddos and parents of Plano West Early Learning Center! Thanks and see you next year!

We had the pleasure to work with the Collin County Historical Society and Museum to loan artifacts from our Johnnie J My...
02/28/2019
Then and Now

We had the pleasure to work with the Collin County Historical Society and Museum to loan artifacts from our Johnnie J Myers Transportation Research Center for their brand new exhibit, "McKinney Then and Now" at the Collin County History Museum!

It's a fantastic exhibit opening to the public TOMORROW!

https://www.collincountyhistorymuseum.org/then-and-now.html

February 28, 2019 the Collin County History Museum will launch a brand new exhibit entitled McKinney Then and Now. The exhibit will allow visitors the opportunity to step back in time and...

An early 2000s school field trip.
02/26/2019

An early 2000s school field trip.

The Interurban Railway Museum got a whole new lighting system installed yesterday! 🤩😎 It's like a brand new museum...
02/26/2019

The Interurban Railway Museum got a whole new lighting system installed yesterday! 🤩😎 It's like a brand new museum...

All thanks to the City of Plano, Texas Government Heritage Commission for the grant $ to fund this huge improvement 💡#loveplano #visitplano #downtownplano

Now you can donate online to The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. and the museum!
02/22/2019
The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.

Now you can donate online to The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. and the museum!

We are now officially in the 21st century, we have a Paypal!

Your support and contributions will enable us to offer more educational programs, support for the Interurban Railway Museum - Plano, Texas, and historic preservation services to Plano and Collin County.

https://www.paypal.me/planoconservancy

Very important meetings today while we determine the finer details of our next BIG museum project. Hint: it's on a small...
02/13/2019

Very important meetings today while we determine the finer details of our next BIG museum project.

Hint: it's on a small scale 🛤️🏠🏛️⛪🌳

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. manages the operation of the museum and is looking for new board m...
02/07/2019

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. manages the operation of the museum and is looking for new board members!

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation is on the lookout for new Board members!

Our Board is responsible for managing our organization, determining our policies and making sure we’re always working towards our mission, and protecting our properties. We have a small staff - three full time staff, and two paid interns - and our Board’s guidance makes a real, substantive difference in our work!

Our Board of Directors is composed entirely of volunteers - they are not compensated for their service. They are a range of ages - in their 30s through their 70s - and come from different careers - architects, librarians, engineers, and more.

Each Board member participates in at least one committee. Committees include: Preservation; Museum; and Finance. These committees work collaboratively with staff and volunteers to guide the Conservancy’s activities - ensuring our educational curriculum meets school standards, reaching out to our community to bring new people to Plano’s historic cemeteries, and ensuring the Interurban Railway Museum is run effectively.

Why join the Board of Directors?
• Develop leadership skills and experience
• Join a professional network
• Build a deeper understanding of budgets, non-profit governance and law, development and strategic planning
• Expand your skills through committee service
• Feel empowered by participating in an active nonprofit that is focused on preserving Plano’s history and educating citizens and visitors alike about Plano’s past.

We welcome people of color, women, LGBT people, and all ages.

We are looking for people with experience in the following:
• Fundraising
• Museums
• Politics/Government
• Historic Preservation
• Financial Management
• Law
• Community Outreach
• Education
• Public Relations/Marketing

But most importantly, we are looking for people who have integrity and a passion for education and preservation.

We had a great time showing you around!! Thanks for visiting!
02/07/2019

We had a great time showing you around!! Thanks for visiting!

ALL ABOARD!

Residents from The Tradition-Lovers Lane recently took a nostalgic field trip to the Interurban Railway Museum - Plano, Texas where they visited the 1908 railway station and boarded an authentic 100-year-old railway post office car.

Want to keep in touch with what's going on here at the museum? Join our email list! We send out our newsletter every oth...
02/06/2019
February Newsletter

Want to keep in touch with what's going on here at the museum? Join our email list! We send out our newsletter every other month, and occasional invites to our special events 📨

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Interurban Railway Museum's cover photo
01/29/2019

Interurban Railway Museum's cover photo

Check out this awesome before and after of the Interurban Railway Museum:
01/25/2019

Check out this awesome before and after of the Interurban Railway Museum:

Due to a gas leak in Downtown Plano we are closing the museum today for the safety of our staff and visitors.
01/24/2019

Due to a gas leak in Downtown Plano we are closing the museum today for the safety of our staff and visitors.

Did you know that we are a #DARTable gem? If you have access to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (Official DART page), you have...
01/22/2019
Interurban Railway Museum/ Haggard Park

Did you know that we are a #DARTable gem? If you have access to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (Official DART page), you have access to us!

Take the Red or Orange line to the Downtown Plano stop and we're just a short stroll away.

http://dartable.dart.org/dartable-gem/interurban-railway-museum-haggard-park/

Before there was the Internet, trains connected people, goods, and news. In downtown Plano, the Interurban Railway Museum commemorates the rail that ran from Denison through Plano to Dallas and destinations beyond from 1908 until 1948. Located next to the picturesque gazebo, fountain, and playground...

Another Thursday, another chance for YOU to visit the museum! We will be here until 5pm so it's a great time to plan a l...
01/10/2019

Another Thursday, another chance for YOU to visit the museum! We will be here until 5pm so it's a great time to plan a little museum➡️dinner➡️dessert night here in Downtown Plano Arts District👋

We can dream, can't we! 😜
01/08/2019

We can dream, can't we! 😜

Say hello to our new resident intern, Austin! Austin is a student at Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Museum S...
01/08/2019

Say hello to our new resident intern, Austin!

Austin is a student at Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Museum Studies and is hoping to learn everything he can about museums before he graduates in 2020!

Today is the first Thursday of 2019 that we'll be open until 5pm!!Grab a nice big coffee and stop by to say hello as we ...
01/03/2019

Today is the first Thursday of 2019 that we'll be open until 5pm!!

Grab a nice big coffee and stop by to say hello as we usher in a new year of extended hours and more visitors 🙋‍♀️🎉

Our recurring intern, Swaneet, describes her time at the Interurban Railway Museum:interurbanrailwaymuseum.wordpress.com...
01/02/2019
Intern Blog Post: Swaneet

Our recurring intern, Swaneet, describes her time at the Interurban Railway Museum:

interurbanrailwaymuseum.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/intern-blog-post-swaneet/

Fall 2018 intern Swaneet Mand describes her time at the museum.

Fall 2018 intern Anna describes her semester of working at the Interurban Railway Museum!interurbanrailwaymuseum.wordpre...
12/28/2018
Fall Intern Blog Post: Anna

Fall 2018 intern Anna describes her semester of working at the Interurban Railway Museum!

interurbanrailwaymuseum.wordpress.com/2018/12/28/fall-intern-blog-post-anna/

Fall 2018 intern Anna describes her semester working at the Interurban Railway Museum.

Address

901 E 15th St
Plano, TX
75074

Take DART Red Line to Downtown Plano stop

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(972) 941-2117

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