Editor’s note: In “From the Vault” we take a look back in time at historical DART stories. Today’s story originally appeared in the Summer 2003 publication “InMotion.”
Plano’s rich railroad heritage is depicted in a stunning new sculpture at Downtown Plano Station. Weighing 1,000 pounds, the life-size figure of a horse is anything but lifelike. Rather, it’s a mass of riveted iron plates representing the “iron horse” trains that once passed through Plano. The sculpture, created for the station by Spokane, Wash., artist Tom Askman, was installed in March (2003). Other artistic elements at Downtown Plano Station include patterned pavings, ornamental railings, brick and stone banding around columns, and 19th-century-style gull-wing roof supports that complement the architecture of the historic 15th Street business district.