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    ANNA, TEXAS

    Collin County, North Central Texas
    Highway 5, FM 455
    11 miles NE of McKinney
    Population 1225 (2000) 904 (1990)


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    Anna Texas cornfield
    Cornfield
    Photo courtesy James Nelms, 2012

    Anna 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 Water Tower
    Photo courtesy James Nelms, 2012
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    Along the Railroad Tracks
    Photo courtesy James Nelms, 2012

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    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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