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    Collin County Courthouse
    County Seat - McKinney, Texas

    Collin County has had six courthouses:
    2007 - McKinney
    1979 - McKinney (demolished)
    1874, remodeled in 1927 - McKinney
    1856 - McKinney
    1848 - McKinney
    1846 - Buckner

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    1979 Collin County Courthouse in McKinney Texas
    1979 Collin County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007
    Photographer's note:
    A new county courthouse off US 75/SH 121 on Bloomdale Road opened in 2007.
    The 1979 courthouse was demolished in October of 2010.

    The 1979 Collin County Courthouse
    McKinney, Texas

    Architect - Jarvis Putty Jarvis, Inc. & Harvey G. Moore, Associate Material - Steel, brick and concrete.
    Style - modern
    Restored 1874 old Collin county courthouse, McKinney  Texas
    The restored 1874 Collin County courthouse on the square.
    Now the McKinney Performing Arts Center.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007

    The 1874 Collin County Courthouse
    McKinney, Texas

    Date - 1874
    Architect - Charles Wheelock
    Style - Second empire
    Material - Brick and stone

    Remodeled 1927
    W. A. Peters (Sparger and Peters)
    Style - Neoclassical Revival Style

    "The 1874 Collin County courthouse on the square was restored to its 1927 condition in 2006. It now serves as the McKinney Performing Arts Center." - Terry Jeanson
    1874/1927 Collin Courthouse Cornerstone McKinney TX
    The 1874/1927 Collin County Courthouse Cornerstone
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007
    Collin County Courthouse after 1927 remodeling  , McKinney, Texas
    The 1874 Collin County Courthouse after the 1927 remodeling to Neoclassical Revival Style.
    Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
    1874 Collin County Courthouse, McKinney Texas postcard
    Another view of the remodeled Collin County Courthouse in McKinney
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    Former Collin County Courthouse , McKinney, Texas old photo
    The Old Collin County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
    Photo courtesy TxDoT
    The 1874 Collin County Courthouse in 1908, before remodeling,  McKinney, Texas
    The 1874 Collin County Courthouse as it appeared in 1908
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    The 1874 Collin County Courthouse,  McKinney Texas old photo
    Another view of the 1874 Second Empire Style Collin County Courthouse
    Postcard circa 1908, courtesy THC
    Photographer's Note: The signs below were uncovered when the original paint was restored in the basement of the Old Collin County courthouse. The text on the plaque beneath both signs is the same. - Terry Jeanson, June 2007
    Collins County courthouse  old sign and plaque
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007
    Collins County courthouse  old sign and plaque
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007
    Collins County courthouse plaque for old signs
    Close up view of the plaque below the signs.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007

    Architecture
    The Embodiment of Human Endeavor

    by Guy R. Giersch
    Stroll down the east side of the square. Stop. View for a few minutes the towers of the courthouse and you will wonder why they are allowed to remain in their present unsightly condition. The panes in the windows are broken out; the shutters are torn off and lie in the debris in the attic, the rain blows in at the openings.

    Bats in the belfry? No one can say, but it is known that hundreds of English sparrows and pigeons find a roosting place in the towers. If Collin County is not able to build a new Temple of Justice then we can at least put in some window-panes and patch up the holes.

    On top of all that, the roof leaks, the floors are warped, and county records are getting soaked.
    You would think you were reading a recent report but this came from the May 5, 1921 edition of the Weekly Democrat-Gazette. The same could have been said of conditions prior to the start of restoration and rehabilitation of the Old Collin County Courthouse.... next page
    Collin County Towns and Ghost Towns include
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  • Allen
  • Anna
  • Blue Ridge
  • Buckner
  • Celina
  • Climax
  • Copeville
  • Cottage Hill
  • Desert
  • Fairview
  • Farmersville
  • Frisco
  • Josephine
  • Lavon
  • Lowry Crossing
  • Lucas
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  • Melissa
  • Nevada
  • Parker
  • Plano
  • Princeton
  • Prosper
  • Richard
  • Richardson
  • St. Paul
  • Squeezepenny
  • Westminster
  • Weston
  • Wilmeth
  • Wylie

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  • James Webb Throckmorton Statue ,  Collin County Courthouse lawn, McKinney Texas
    Statue of James Webb Throckmorton
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007
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    Collin County Forum:
  • Collin County Courthouse Wedding
    My husband, Steve and I were married in the old [Collin County] courthouse in 1973. We eloped on the last day before our blood tests would have to be redone -- really! We've made it 33 years in January... there was snow on the ground back then and we spent our honeymoon iced in on Parker Road in a neat A-frame redwood house that we rented on the creek across from what is now Collin County Community College Spring Creek Campus... Plano had about 30,000 people then -- I think they were all on the east side of Central Exprwy. We bought our rings at Weatherford Jewelers in downtown Plano and our first Christmas tree at the Wall-Robbins house on Ave. K.

    In 1987, I bought a picture of the old courthouse, but it didn't look anything like when we were married... I learned from your website photos that it was changed over the years and the painting that I have (a limited editon by John Pototschnik) is at the turn of the century -- with snow and all -- even more of a treasure!

    I now serve on the Plano Heritage Commission and will work my first Blackland Prairie Festival this year, dressing in the 1890's costume. One daughter lives in the Schimelpfenig House on 17th, a beautifully restored Victorian and my other daughter and grandchildren live in Frisco, where my daughter teaches at CCCC; my son will be returning to Plano this summer after graduation from Texas Tech, so we are in Collin County for good! The children gave us a surprise 25th anniversary party and about 80 old friends, new friends and family came to wish us well. These are some of the most remarkable times of our married lives since we got married without any gala. I hope to be invited to the grand-reopening of the old courthouse... it won't be the same without the Justice of the Peace performing the rites amidst the ringing phone and papers all over the desk!

    Thanks for your work and allowing me to share some good times and history with you! - Janice Craze Cline, Plano, TX, March 17, 2006
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