Celina, Texas

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Celina (pronounced suh-LYE-nuh) is a city[3] in Collin and Denton County, Texas, United States. Celina has a population of 5,200 according to the 2010 census.

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Geography

Celina is located at 33°19′11″N 96°46′58″W / 33.319846°N 96.782799°W / 33.319846; -96.782799.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all of it land.

Running north/south through the town is State Highway 289 (locally known as Preston Road). It starts near downtown Dallas and terminates near Sherman. Celina is located about equidistant between downtown Dallas and the Oklahoma border.

Being mostly farm and ranch land, the terrain is largely open fields on flat-to-gently-rolling terrain. The ambient air temperature is typically 4 to 6 °F cooler than Dallas 30 miles south.

Sports

The Celina High School Football team is known as one of the most successful programs in Texas, with a UIL record eight state titles and a sixty-eight game winning streak. The Bobcats were the subject of the documentary The Power, Passion and Glory. Celina won state football championships in 1974, 1995, 1998–2001, 2005, and 2007. The Celina High School Baseball team has been successful as well, making the playoffs many times and winning the state championship in 2002.

In 2010, Kenny Chesney wrote a song called The Boys of Fall. Part of the music video, having to do with high school football, shot scenes of Celina.[5]

Growth

Celina is undergoing rapid growth. Having never before had any kind of retail chain other than 2 fuel stations and a small Chevrolet dealership, Celina saw a Sonic restaurant completed in 2003. Then, on October 5, 2005, Brookshire's broke ground for construction of a new grocery store, where for 18 months prior only a sign had stood announcing the "future home" in the cow pasture at the corner of Preston Road and County Road 91. Since 1999, much of the country land has tripled in price.

With the continuous building of middle and upper scale homes in Celina and the nearby towns of Prosper (south of Celina) and Gunter (north of Celina), the volume of traffic has increased dramatically. Between January 2004 and July 2005, the rush hour commute on SH 289 from Celina to SH 121 lengthened from approximately 20 minutes to almost 50. Construction on SH 289 is and has been performed to widen some bridges and shoulders for the sake of safety and future expansion. However, nothing is currently being done to alleviate traffic congestion.

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