is one of the rare Texas places with both the county and seat being named after
one person. Anson
in Jones County and Gail in Borden
County are two others. In this case it was Collin McKinney, who was a signer
of the Texas Declaration of Independence. He was also instrumental in passing
legislature insisting that county lines in North
Texas follow straight lines.
Landmarks / Attractions
Mckinney, Texas Nearby RecreationLake
Lavon - 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
Creek Park (Towne Lake Recreation Area), east of US 75 McKinney
Hotels > Book Your Hotel Here & Save
and Visitors Bureau: 1-888-649-8499
for information on museums and other attractions.
Chamber of Commerce: 972-542-0163
1650 W. Louisiana, Suite 100, McKinney,
The Ritz Theater in Downtown McKinney
Photo by John Troesser, 2001
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...
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... more
McKinney, Texas: The First 150 Years||Recommended
Texas: The First 150 Years
For our readers who enjoy history, there is a good pictorial history of McKinney
and Collin Co. McKinney, Texas: The First 150 Years by Julia L. Vargo.
Donning Press, 1997. The first 150 or so pages contain hundreds of vintage photos,
many of which were contributed from family albums. The remaining pages are also
heavily illustrated, but by more recent happenings.