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Historical Markers and War Memorials in McKinney, Texas

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Location of McKinney, Texas
    Collin County (91)
    Dallas County (365)
    Denton County (27)
    Fannin County (25)
    Grayson County (38)
    Hunt County (58)
    Rockwall County (6)
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1Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 11815 — 1911 McKinney Post Office
Designed by architect J. H. Suttle, the 1911 McKinney Post Office is a characteristic and well-preserved example of an Italianate post office. The tile roof, ornamental columns, eaves and window configuration are common to the American post office . . . Map (db m164620) HM
2Texas (Collin County), Mckinney — 11816 — 1927 Collin County Courthouse
Collin County was formed in 1846 and its only town, Buckner, was automatically selected as the county seat. To comply with state law, an election was held to relocate the county seat to the center of the county. Only eleven people participated due . . . Map (db m167861) HM
3Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 209 — Aron-Harris House
Designed by Putnam Russell, an architect from New York, this house was constructed in 1889 for local merchant Morris Aron and his wife Henrietta. In 1897 the home was purchased by Plummer and Josie Harris and it remained in their family until . . . Map (db m164688) HM
4Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 305 — Barnes-Largent House
This home was built about 1910 for Joe and Florence (Largent) Barnes on part of the land acquired by her father, prominent McKinney merchant W.B. Largent. Following the death of her husband in 1924, Florence sold the home to her brother, Dr. Ben . . . Map (db m167880) HM
5Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 485 — Bradley Cemetery
Edward Bradley, his wife Nancy, and their family came to this area from Kentucky in the 1840s as members of the Peters Colony. They built a log home of a branch of Wilson's Creek in the southwest part of present McKinney. A hillside near the . . . Map (db m170531) HM
6Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 554 — Buckner Cemetery
The land surrounding this historic cemetery was part of a grant obtained by John McGarrah, a member of the Peters Colony who arrived in this area in 1843. McGarrah founded a trading post near this site, and soon the Fort Buckner settlement was . . . Map (db m162269) HM
7Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 578 — Burton House
Completed in 1910, this house was built for prominent business and civic leaders Newton A. Burton (d. 1955) and Laura (Wallace) Burton (d. 1964). Designed by J.E. Cooper (d. 1936), the one-story eclectic structure features elements of the . . . Map (db m170544) HM
8Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6163 — Charles P. and Sallie G. Heard Home
This residence was constructed by local merchant and cotton broker Charles P. Heard (d. 1937) and his wife Sallie (Galbreath) (d. 1949), McKinney philanthropists. Designed by architect John Martin, it was completed in 1893. The exterior features . . . Map (db m164684) HM
9Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 949 — Collin County Farm
As early as 1858 Collin County had a system for providing relief to its indigent citizens. This property was acquired in 1886 and became known as the County Farm. Structures were built over the years to house the residents, who helped maintain the . . . Map (db m167940) HM
10Texas (Collin County), McKinney — Collin County Poor Farm
The Collin County Poor Farm was located in a valley slightly northwest of here. Originally, the Poor Farm was used to house and to care for the county's indigent residents. In later years, it housed county prisoners, who could work off their fines . . . Map (db m167979) HM
11Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 950 — Collin County Prison
Designed by F.E. Ruffini, architect of numerous public buildings in Texas in the late 19th century, this High Victorian Italianate structure served as the Collin County prison for 99 years. Completed in 1880, it was modified in 1938 with funds . . . Map (db m142823) HM
12Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 1121 — Crouch-Perkins House
A fine example of Queen Anne architecture, this home was built in 1887 for Joe H. and Clara Letson Crouch. It was sold in 1906 to F. Dudley Perkins and in 1920 was acquired by the Martin Moses Family. Prominent features of the rambling wood frame . . . Map (db m163403) HM
13Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 12898 — Davis House
Built between 1897 and 1908 for the family of Judge Harvey Louis "H.L." (1861-1956) and Emma (Umphrees) Davis (d. 1949), this Transitional style residence features Prairie-style influences with a Sullivanesque frieze and Classical detailing with . . . Map (db m167884) HM
14Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 1178 — Davis House
John N. Davis, a traveling buggy salesman, and his wife Maggie (Hamilton) had this house built in 1902. Their seven children were born here, although only three lived to adulthood. After Maggie's death in 1908, her mother, Cornelia Allen Hamilton, . . . Map (db m167888) HM
15Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6167 — Dr. William Taylor Hoard House
Dr. William Taylor Hoard (1873-1945) moved to McKinney in 1898. A dentist and civic leader, he built this house in 1907. Exhibiting elements of the Prairie School, Colonial Revival, and American Foursquare styles of architecture, the home features . . . Map (db m163470) HM
16Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 1297 — Dulaney House
Built in 1916 by Dallas banker John Field for his sister, Mrs. Joseph E. (Lucie) Dulaney, this home remained in the Dulaney family for over fifty years. Joseph Field Dulaney (1876-1968) inherited the home from his mother and lived here until his . . . Map (db m164657) HM
17Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 17707 — E.A. Newsome House
Edward A. Newsome, a financier, land owner and philanthropist, built this home in 1895 for his wife, Laura Fitzhugh, and their family. In 1966, the home was purchased by the Murphy family. The grand, two-and-a-half story Victorian home was the . . . Map (db m170543) HM
18Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 1505 — Estes House
Kentucky native Ben T. Estes (1841-1920) came to Texas in 1856. After serving in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, he returned to McKinney where he was engaged in the mercantile business. Estes had this home constructed for his family in . . . Map (db m170539) HM
19Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 1659 — First Baptist Church of Murphy
In 1900, twelve years after the founding of Murphy, local resident Mrs. May Cockrell directed the formation of this congregation. Aware of the need for a Baptist church in the community, she hosted the organizational meeting in her home. Present . . . Map (db m164654) HM
20Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6156 — First United Methodist Church of McKinney
This congregation originated in 1851 as a mission of the Dallas Circuit. At first it met in the county courthouse, Masonic hall, or a union church building. In 1858, it became center of the McKinney Circuit; erected in 1876 a building of its own; . . . Map (db m163476) HM
21Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6158 — Fox-Caldwell House
This house was built in 1915 by George W. and Lula Fox. George Fox, the descendant of one of Collin County's pioneer families, was a local realtor and county official. Prominent local citizens Gibson and Goldie Caldwell purchased the house in . . . Map (db m170541) HM
22Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6177 — George McGarrah Cemetery
A member of the Peters Colony, George McGarrah (1804-1879) brought his family to this area in the 1840s. Prior to his arrival in Texas, McGarrah had lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he is credited with helping to build many of the historic . . . Map (db m167934) HM
23Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6214 — Governor James Webb Throckmorton(February 1, 1825 - April 21, 1894)
A doctor's son, James W. Throckmorton was born in Tennessee. He migrated with his parents to the Texas frontier in 1841 and settled near this site. At age 17, he became hunter and scout for his pioneer neighbors. He served in the Mexican War . . . Map (db m150245) HM
24Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6165 — Heard-Craig House
Designed by the noted architect J.E. Flanders of Dallas, this home was built in 1900 for Stephen D. Heard (1847-1926), a prominent merchant and business leader, and his wife, Lillie Snapp Heard. Their daughter, Kathryn (Mrs. Thomas) Craig, . . . Map (db m163469) HM
25Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6205 — J.D. Stiff Home
John David Stiff (1853-1909) and his wife Blanche (Duer) (1866-1950) built this residence in 1893, the same year the first of their two children was born. A merchant, stiff owned a dry goods business on the town square. His home features . . . Map (db m164678) HM
26Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6195 — James Calvin Rhea House
James Calvin Rhea (1837-1925) came to Texas from Tennessee in 1855. He and his brother, W.A. Rhea, built a gristmill in the Collin County community that became known as Rhea Mills. Built about 1890 by John W. Hamilton, this home features Eastlake . . . Map (db m167835) HM
27Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 16788 — 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 . . . Map (db m170536) HM
28Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 1548 — John Faires House
This home was constructed in 1854 by John Faires (1801-1878), who had come to McKinney from Tennessee three years earlier. Near his home he built a blacksmith shop, where he worked skillfully with metal and wood. The hand chiseled front door of . . . Map (db m164679) HM
29Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6176 — John Martin House
John M. Martin (b. 1859), a member of an early Collin county family, was a local architect and builder who erected this house for himself about 1880. The structure exhibits elements of the Queen Anne style, including asymmetrical massing, wall . . . Map (db m170535) HM
30Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6164 — John S. and Rachel W. Heard House
Arkansas native and Confederate soldier John Spenser Heard (1841-1933) joined his family here in McKinney about 1865. He married Rachel Wilson in 1884. Business success allowed the Heards to benefit numerous local causes and to build this home in . . . Map (db m170540) HM
31Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6171 — Kirkpatrick House
E.W. Kirkpatrick (1844-1924), a veteran of the Confederate Army and a prominent leader in business and civic organizations, purchased this property in the 1870s as a site for his prosperous plant nursery. This spacious Queen Anne style house and a . . . Map (db m171042) HM
32Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6200 — L. A. Scott Home
Square nails used on the first floor of this Queen Anne style residence suggest a construction date before the late 1880s. Originally a one-story structure, the second and third floors were added soon after 1900, when the home was purchased by . . . Map (db m167879) HM
33Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6182 — McLarry Cemetery
This site was first used as a cemetery in 1851 when property owner John R. Jones buried his infant son here. The land was later donated as a public burial ground for the pioneer settlers of the surrounding Wilmeth settlement by Mary Virginia Dunn . . . Map (db m167941) HM
34Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 14724 — Old Settlers Park
Site of all Collin County Fairs and Ex-Confederate - Old Settlers picnics, this land first housed a fair in 1858. The fair was held each year, usually in autumn, except during the Civil War years. In 1883, the Ex-Confederate-Old Settlers Picnic . . . Map (db m164771) HM
35Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6191 — Pecan Grove Memorial Park
This park is situated on property granted by the Republic of Texas to Samuel McFarland in 1845, only four years after the first permanent settlement in this area was begun by a pioneer from Tennessee, Dr. William E. Throckmorton (1795-1843), and . . . Map (db m150247) HM
36Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6197 — Saint Mark Baptist Church
The congregation was organized in 1879 by two preachers, the Rev. Dick White and a Rev. Jones, who conducted prayer meetings in area homes. The first church services were held on the farm of Isaac Graves, northeast of McKinney. Originally known as . . . Map (db m170528) HM
37Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 15177 — Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church
Organized in McKinney in 1876, St. Peter’s Episcopal church was originally designated a mission by Bishop Alexander Garrett (1832-1924) of the diocese of Dallas. Because the church owned no property, members gathered in offices and private homes . . . Map (db m164691) HM
38Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6199 — Scott Cemetery
Established on the land of area pioneer James Preston Scott, this cemetery dates to the 1850s. The first person buried here was Scott's granddaughter, Mary C. Taylor (1852-1854), child of Scott's daughter Tabitha and her husband A.J. Taylor. Of . . . Map (db m167920) HM
39Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 555 — Site of Buckner
John (Jack) and Polly McGarrah and family came to this site from Tennessee in 1842. The third settler in present Collin County, McGarrah opened a trading post to barter for hides and furs. While in the act of building a family fort, he and his men . . . Map (db m162268) HM
40Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 1465 — Site of Elm Saloon
The Elm Saloon opened about 1883 in a 2-story frame building at this site owned by T.O. Bower. According to an 1884 newspaper story gunfighter Frank James was arrested for his involvement in a fight in the Elm Saloon. By 1892 the saloon, named for . . . Map (db m150197) HM
41Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6188 — Site of Muse Academy
A native of Virginia, James S. Muse (1804-1878) prospered as a hemp grower in Missouri before coming to Texas with his wife Margaret Slaughter. He bought 320 acres and built this house in 1858-1859. In one wing which was later removed, he opened . . . Map (db m163500) HM
42Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6206 — Stiff Chapel Cemetery
Jesse Stiff (1796-1871) came to Texas from Virginia in 1835 and settled on several thousand acres of land in this area. His brother, Louis, arrived in 1849, and a community known as Stiff Chapel developed around their homesteads. In 1847, Jesse's . . . Map (db m164767) HM
43Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6211 — Taylor House
Built in the 1860s, the structure originally stood across the street from the site. It was sold in 1868 to Armistead Joshua Taylor (1840-1888), a cabinet maker. He married Tabatha Jane Scott, daughter of Collin County pioneer Preston Scott. The . . . Map (db m164671) HM
44Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6209 — Texas American Bank/McKinney N. A.Formerly the Collin County National Bank
This financial institution was organized on March 13, 1883, by a number of McKinney's prominent citizens and businessmen. Among those financial pioneers were James W. Throckmorton, who had served as governor of Texas in 1866 and 1867; G.A. Foote, . . . Map (db m167859) HM
45Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 398 — The Beverly-Harris House
Warren Tully Beverly (1857-1903) was a native of Collin County, attending Spring Creek School and Plano Institute. He studied law in the office of Joseph W. Baines, grandfather of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Beverly served as county attorney and later . . . Map (db m167889) HM
46Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 1296 — The Dulaney Cottage
A surgeon in the Confederate Army, Dr. Joseph E. Dulaney (d. 1877) came to McKinney after the Civil War (1861-65) and married Lucy Ann Field (1844-1941), daughter of Collin County pioneers. In 1875 he built this Victorian home with its numerous . . . Map (db m164656) HM
47Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6168 — The Howell House
Occupied by four generations of the same family, this structure stands on property granted in 1845 to Edward Bradley (1787-1855), a member of the Peters Colony. His daughter Mary Ann (1820-1878) inherited the land. Her husband, merchant Daniel . . . Map (db m167895) HM
48Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6217 — Waddill-Morris Homesite
Kentucky native Judge R.L. Waddill (1811-1865) came to McKinney with his stepson, George Shackelford Morris, in 1853, five years after the town had been established as the Collin County seat. The two men bought large tracts of land in town, built . . . Map (db m163473) HM
49Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6172 — William B. Largent House
North Carolina-born William B. Largent (1840-1896) came to Collin county with his parents in 1854. He later prospered as a livestock trader and lumber merchant. In 1876 he hauled building materials overland from Jefferson to erect this Victorian . . . Map (db m170546) HM
50Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 6213 — William Clinton and Anna Belle Thompson House
William Clinton (Clint) Thompson, and his wife Anna Belle (Wofford), prominent local newspaper owners and civic leaders, built this house in 1894 on land purchased from Clint's father, noted McKinney developer Dr. Francis M. Thompson. The house is . . . Map (db m170538) HM
51Texas (Collin County), McKinney — 13194 — Williams Cemetery
Grafton Williams came to this area in 1843 with the Peters Colony and received a 640-acre land grant. He was active in the creation of Whites Grove Settlement here. After his wife Harriet's death in 1848, he donated land for use as a community . . . Map (db m167939) HM
Apr. 15, 2021