The History of McKinney
Voted the best city to live in by Money Magazine 2014, McKinney is indeed not your ordinary city. The Texan city has an admirable urban lustre which few American cities ever have. It’s one place that so effortlessly draws people to itself. Locals swear by it and tourists too can’t seem to get enough of it.
The allure of Mckinney
What makes McKinney so special? You may ask. Well, to simply put it, McKinney is special because of all that it is and all that it has.
People love McKinney for different reasons. That aside, you’re bound to fall in love with its sprawling buildings and it’s well-organized cityscape. Additionally, you’re also likely to be impressed by its stunning old-styled homes and its Texan ranch kind of ambience. What more, the city also boasts some of the best hotels and restaurants in Texas. You’re to find some fine food and wine here.
There’s indeed so much to be said about McKinney’s beauty and allure. This can go on and on. Anyway as a visitor, be sure to tour the city’s historic locations, art centers and museums, amazing parks, breweries, wineries, forest trails and all the much that it offers.
An administrative capital
McKinney is not just a residential and commercial hub, it also has great political significance. The city serves as the headquarters of Collin County, Texas. As a county seat, it hosts the main administrative center for the entire Collin County. Sheriffs and other key county departments are to be found here. McKinney’s central role and location have contributed a great deal to its growth. Over the years, it’s been rapidly growing with 2010 Census naming it the 19th most populous city in Texas.
The history of McKinney
Like the wordings of its logo (Unique by nature), McKinney possesses a unique and long history behind it. The city dates back to the early 19th century.
In order to understand how McKinney came about, it’s important to first understand how exactly its mother county Collin began. Well, Collin County first began as geographical region occupied by settlers.
In the early to mid 19th century, Texas was hiring colonizers to help them develope and populate the state. There were notable colonizers such as William Peters and cronies. These persons wielded immense power and ran many affairs of the area back then.
Under the state’s directive, colonizers started introducing settlers into the present day Collin County. Back then, it was simply known as Peter’s Colony and was administratively under Fannin County. Settlers first arrived here in 1841.
As a means of luring settlers into the then Peter’s Colony, Peters and his associates would offer them free land. This could go up to even 650 or so acres of land. It was an offer that few could turn down and for, settlers began tripping in in their numbers.
The fertile stretches of land proved a great catch for most of the settlers. They readily weathered threats such as wild animals and hostile Indian Americans and settled in to farm. Others would however later leave, they found these threats in addition to the weather unbearable.
In the year 1846, the Texas government came to a decision to subdivide Fannin County. The county had been too large and was encompassing most of the areas in Northeast Texas. The subdivision saw it split into several much smaller counties including Collin County.Upon the formation of Collin County, a place known as Buckner was chosen as the county headquarters. This would however change following a declaration by the county legislature. The lawmakers voted to have the county seat be at least three miles from the middle of the county. This’s how McKinney came to land a chance.
Following the enactment of the 3-mile law, two potential locations were put forward. These were The present day McKinney and a place known as Sloan’s Grove, now Fair View. The two locations were to be picked between through ballot.
On the day of the polls, heavy rains hit Sloan’s Grove. This prevent the occupants from turning up in enough numbers, thus working in McKinney’s advantage. McKinney area won and was gazetted as the county headquarters on March 16, 1848.
In regards to the name, people had expected the area to be automatically called Buckner but this never was. It was instead given the name McKinney, after Collin McKinney. McKinney had been a surveyor and a pioneer who helped in drafting and signing the Texas Indepence from Mexico declaration in 1836. Collin County had likewise been named in his honor.
In its earlier days, McKinney never had much save for residential homes, a town church and a shopping center. On March 24, 1849, the local council conveyed 120 acres of land for the newly established town. It would then be incorporated in 1849 and also reincorporated in 1859.
McKinney continued to develop from then on. Its expansion was widely aided by the construction of a courthouse, an efficient railway line, and also the establishment of cotton mills.