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PROSPER, TEXAS

Collin County, North Central Texas
1 Miles W of Highway 289
Just N of Hwy 380
10 Miles NW of McKinney
14 Miles E of Denton

Population: 2,097 (2000)

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Sunrise in Prosper Texas
Sunrise in Prosper
Photo courtesy Justin Parson
History in a Pecan Shell

One of the last towns in Collin County to be established, Prosper came into being as a stop on the St. Louis, San Francisco and Texas Railroad in 1902. A post office was granted the following year. The auspicious name is credited to railroad officials. With every new railroad town (at least in East, Central and Northern Texas) another town or two disappeared. In Prosperís case the disappearing community was Rock Hill. Prosper incorporated in 1914 when their were 500 reported residents. Prosper is included in the famed rich Blackland Prairie, and thrived as a cotton producing and shipping point.

Although the population dropped to 400 in the early 1920s, the town was complete with paved roads, electricity and a water works. The Great Depression took its toll on Prosper and by 1940 the population reached a low of 271. It wasnít until 1970 when the town broke the 1914 population figure. The population explosion of Dallas and Collin Counties in the 1990s included Prosper and the 2000 Census reported 2,071 residents.
Prosper Texas Street Scene
Photo courtesy Mike Price, December 2007
Prosper United Methodist Church Texas
Prosper United Methodist Church
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Prosper Texas Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church
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Prosper Texas Car dealership
Prosper old car dealership?
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Prosper Texas Grain Elevators
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Prosper Texas Water Tower
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