McKinney’s history is one that includes pioneers that needed to get a fresh start. As it happens, Texas was hiring people to move to the area so as to develop farmland and provide goods and services. In exchange for migrating, settlers were offered parcels of land. Settlers came from Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee.
In the early 1800’s, Texas provided settlers approximately 640 acers of land, a gun and assistance with building shelter. Just to be sure, the early settlers did not have it easy. The hardships drove many to walk away prompting others to take their place. McKinney’s soil conditions were a challenge as well as the inherent difficulty in starting a new life where nothing existed before.
McKinney was at the center of this development and created a self-contained farm community which had access to similar communities.
Imagine people arriving by horse drawn wagons and suffering through harsh weather, rough terrain, as well as having to stave off wild animals. Then to arrive in McKinney only to find that only green wild grass could only be consumed by grazing animals. Moreover, the rich soil was difficult to work and till. Life was hard but true to the American Spirit, they persevered.
The railroad was finalized in 1872, this pushed McKinney into an economic forefront as migration and shipment of goods contributed to creating a strong economic environment. McKinney’s main source of revenue was cotton. McKinney had one cotton gin in 1870 but within 12 years began a cotton compress which remained in operation till mid-1980. Remarkable and sheds light on the innovativeness and forward thinking of the settlers. The entrepreneur spirit was born right here in McKinney. Corn, oats and wheat were also a major crop in Collin County and necessitated the manufacture in McKinney of grain mills, some of which are still in existence today.
All of these contributed to making McKinney a bustling lucrative area which then led to the building up of infrastructure and some of the most beautifully appointed larger home for leaders in business, farming and government. These homes have been restored and can still be seen close to the downtown McKinney area. McKinney today offers a family friendly environment, a great school system, lots of entertainment and recreation venues, fine dining and shopping...in short nothing is missing except YOU!!!
MCKINNEY FACTS AND FIGURES
-McKinney’s production of cotton increased from 16 bales in 1860 climbing to over 4,000 bales ten years later. Remarkable even by today’s standards
-McKinney is one of the oldest towns in North Texas
-McKinney became the county seat for Collin County in 1849
-McKinney’s taxable value per acre was .68 cents in 1849 rising to $5.75 per acre in 1872 and increasing to a whopping $5.75 in 1923
-McKinney had the first color print cloth textile mills
-McKinney was a major manufacturer of blue denim
-McKinney was one of the first towns to have electric street lighting in 1889
-McKinney was named #1 Best Place to Live in the country by Money Magazine
-McKinney’s population stands at over 148,000 and growing rapidly
-McKinney is the second largest city in Collin County – Plano being first
-McKinney boasts a 70% home ownership rate
-Median value of home about $187,000 in McKinney
-Residents typically travel less than 30 minutes to work
-McKinney’s median income is a little over $81,000
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