McKinney in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
James Waller Thomas House
This vernacular style house was built c. 1868 by James Waller Thomas, an early civic leader in Collin County, for his family of 13. Originally a one-room residence, the house has not been substantially modified since 1902. It reflects the modest homes built by early settlers of north Texas with materials and techniques available prior to the arrival of rail service. Original elements include the flooring, brick chimney, and rough-hewn timber foundation and roof decking. This is also the site of an attempt on Thomas’ life by an unknown person, likely due to his role as editor and publisher of the county’s first newspaper wherein he expressed support for the Union and the rights of Black settlers - opinions unpopular with some during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 2011
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16788.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 33° 11.732′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: McKinney TX 75069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Collin County Prison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Law Office of James W. Throckmorton (approx. 0.2 miles away); L. A. Scott Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1927 Collin County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Martin House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Collin County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crouch-Perkins House (approx. 0.2 miles away); E.A. Newsome House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McKinney.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.