in a Pecan Shell
1845 by Collin McKinney, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
In Civil War, Gen. J.W. Throckmorton (later a governor of Texas)
organized McKinney's Co.K, 6th Texas Cavalry, an outstanding confederate
Manufacturing, trade and hospital center.
Landmarks / Attractions
Texas Nearby Recreation
- a 21,000-acre reservoir, with 4 parks
Texoma - 11,000-acre reservoir, includes 18 miles of the
Navidad River and 125 miles of shoreline
Park (Towne Lake Recreation Area), east of US 75
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The Ritz Theater in Downtown McKinney
James in Texas by Bob Bowman
In 1863, during the Civil War, William Clark Quantrill led his guerillas
from Missouri to winter quarters in north East Texas. Among the
men who rode with him were Jesse and Frank James...
The James boys also stayed in McKinney.. and circulated freely among
the townspeople. They were looked upon not as outlaws, but as Confederate
heroes. One incident in McKinney helped endeared the James boys
with local people. When the federal government sent its agents to
buy mules from East Texas, farmers who had to sell their mules to
feed their families. Some 400 mules were bought and penned in McKinney.
One night, the James boys took down the fence and freed all 400
of the mules. Many of them wandered home to their previous owners...
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