Parker

Parker is on Farm Road 2514 near Maxwell Creek two miles northeast of Plano in south central Collin County. It developed around the gristmill and general store built by T. L. Johnson in the early 1880s. In the mid-1880s the St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railway surveyed the community and laid out town lots. Later the company decided to run its tracks through Wylie, two miles southeast of Parker. Although bypassed by the railroad Parker continued to serve as a retail point for area farmers. A post office operated there from 1888 to 1901, when the mail sent to Allen, two miles southwest. The population in Parker grew from an estimated twenty in 1960 to 1,098 in 1980, probably a result of the growth of nearby Plano. In 1990 Parker had a population of 1,235. The population grew to 1,379 in 2000.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Parker is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Parker Gin)

Locations

  • Latitude
    33.05631330
    Longitude
    -96.62665900

Has Post Office

No

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Population Counts

Parker
Pop. Year Source
5,021 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,811 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,379 2000 Texas Demographic Center
1,213 1990 Texas Demographic Center