In the northwest corner of Collin County, Celina was settled in 1879. John T. Mulkey, Celina's first postmaster, named the town after his hometown, Celina, Tenn. When a railway came through the area in 1902, the town moved one mile north to its current location to be closer to the tracks. In 1915, Celina became the site of the first road in the country built exclusively for automobiles—the Celina Pike.
Today, this community north of Dallas is growing but retains its small-town feel. The historic downtown plaza, at Walnut Street and Ohio Street, features a war memorial, shops and restaurants. Founder's Station Park downtown offers a playground, picnic area, gazebo and tennis courts. The Celina Balloon Festival and Family Fun Day is held in October.
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