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                               Historic Asset Survey Project - Introduction


Collin County has initiated a project to locate and catalog any and all historic sites in the county. The survey is being conducted under the auspices of the National Registry of Historic Places and will be the only county to undertake such a project on a county-wide basis. By making historic information available on the Web, residents, newcomers, corporate relocators and others will have a better appreciation of our history and growth.

Data for the historic sites will be collected by volunteers and made available on the County’s web site under the Historic Commission’s section. Locations will also be entered in the county’s GIS Interactive Map section of the web site, superimposed on aerial mapping visuals to locate each site. By clicking on the site a visitor will get a specific location by address, GPS or UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) coordinates and an actual view of the site. Many of the sites will also make available links to additional extensive data on the sites.

Potential sites will include cemeteries, buildings, event locations, and other historically significant locations. To assure the widest possible inclusion of sites we are establishing contacts with community leaders to assist us in finding individuals who have an interest in local history and would be interested in volunteering to collect information on these sites.

To help complete this survey we are requesting recommendations from County Commissioners, City Councils, School Districts, Libraries, Chambers of Commerce, Historic associations, Genealogical societies, Civic organizations, publications and others who can provide more information on sites to be included.

Please take a few minutes to make a list of those you think would be a good source of information for this important survey and forward that list to us by e-mail at jmr@ryanims.com or by ‘snail-mail’ to Jim Ryan at 2724 Bengal Lane, Plano, TX 75023. If you have any questions please call me at 972.596.8411. We appreciate your help.