“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Nevada in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Nevada Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jesse Nelsen, October 28, 2021
1. Nevada Marker

Located in southeast Collin County, the settlement of Nevada was on its way to becoming a booming commercial city until a disastrous tornado swept the town in 1927. In 1835, John McMinn, who received a land grant for 1600 acres, moved his family to what was later known as the McMinn Chapel community, four miles north of the present-day site of Nevada. Soon, the rich Blackland Prairie attracted more settlers to the area. In 1852, Granville Stinebaugh from Missouri purchased 160 acres and established Nevada. The town incorporated on Jan. 24, 1891. There were no denominational churches in the community at the time, but an old gin house serving as a place of worship for all faiths. In the 1890s, the town had Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Christian churches.

The St. Louis and Southwestern Railroad, which later became the Cotton Belt Railroad, came to Nevada in 1888 and the town slowly moved closer to the railroad depot. As a result of the railroad, nearby settlers moved to Nevada and the town prospered with a booming commercial district. Restaurants, shops, hotels, offices and fraternal lodges filled downtown. In 1902, due
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to increased interest, John Evans purchased land east of town and opened the Evans Addition. In addition to economic priorities, Nevada also focused on the education of its citizens. Early on, classes were held in people's homes until a school was erected. Sadly, on Monday, May 9, 1927 at 2:20 A.M., a half-mile wide tornado completely destroyed the west side of town with 27 killed and 75 wounded. Even though a large portion of the town was destroyed, the citizens of Nevada continued to work and hope for future growth.
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17582.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is May 9, 1927.
Location. 33° 2.273′ N, 96° 22.409′ W. Marker is in Nevada, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is on Highway 835 near Warren Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nevada TX 75173, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Empire Masonic Lodge No. 586 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Abston Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Thompson Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Copeville (approx. 3.9 miles away); Royse City's First United Methodist Church Building
Nevada Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jesse Nelsen, October 28, 2021
2. Nevada Marker
(approx. 5 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Royse City (approx. 5 miles away); Fate Lodge No. 802, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 6.7 miles away); Fate Prebyterian Church (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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