Located in east-central Collin County, Princeton was named in honor of Prince Dowlin, a landowner and promoter of the town. The name Wilson’s Switch was commonly used to designate the area because in the late 1870s Wilson and George began farming near the vicinity. The town became a retail and commercial center for area farmers due to its location in the rich agricultural region of Blackland Prairie. In 1940, the migratory camp was built west of Princeton where Community Park is now located. The camp was turned into a prisoner of war camp for Germans captured during World War II.
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