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Plano

Plano plā´nō [key], city (1990 pop. 128,713), Collin co., N Tex., less than 20 mi (32 km) NE of Dallas inc. 1873. In a farm and livestock area on the blackland prairie, Plano is a booming financial and commercial center, with headquarters of many large national corporations. Among its manufactures are plumbing supplies paper, medical, and metal products cable and communications equipment. The city was reached by railroad in 1872 but was almost destroyed by fire in 1881. Major urban growth began in the 1970s large office complexes and housing developments were constructed in the late 20th cent. as the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area burgeoned. Plano remains one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities.

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