Anna is located on State Highway 5, Farm Road 455, and U.S. Highway 75, 11 miles (18 km) northeast of McKinney in north-central Collin County. Although Collin McKinney settled within a few miles of the future townsite in 1846, John L. Greer, who arrived in 1867, is credited with building the first home and store in the new community. The Houston and Texas Central Railway, at that time built between Dallas and Denison, passed through the area in 1873. By the time Anna was platted in 1883, it had a population of 20, two stores, a steam gristmill, and a Baptist church. A post office also opened in that year. By 1890 the town had a population of 100 to 200. Anna was incorporated in 1913. Local historian Chester A. Howell compiled a brief history of Anna for inclusion in a book that was given to those who attended the Anna school homecoming on October 19, 1985; “A Town Named Anna” is one of the most authoritative and complete descriptions of the history of the community. Anna is an extremely fast growing community, with new subdivisions and homes available. Easy access to I-75, McKinney, and shopping, excellent schools make this a great choice for your next home.
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